The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit (including a personal experience)
$21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be traced, documented, or explained.
The long-awaited, Congressionally mandated Department of Defense audit concluded. Read the resulting synopsis from “The Nation”:
Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed (Post with downloadable PDF file, 787 Kb) As reported at https://www.thenation.com/article/pentagon-audit-budget-fraud/ And a shorter synopsis HERE.
Quotes from “The Nation”:
“In all, at least a mind-boggling $21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be traced, documented, or explained, concluded Skidmore. To convey the vastness of that sum, $21 trillion is roughly five times more than the entire federal government spends in a year. It is greater than the US Gross National Product, the world’s largest at an estimated $18.8 trillion.” (Underlining is mine ~ Don)
“The Pentagon’s accounting fraud diverts many billions of dollars that could be devoted to other national needs: health care, education, job creation, climate action, infrastructure modernization, and more. Indeed, the Pentagon’s accounting fraud amounts to theft on a grand scale—theft not only from America’s taxpayers, but also from the nation’s well-being and its future.”
And such theft goes into the pockets of this country’s 1%ers!
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TYPICAL! In designing new systems such as this, corrections for “unks”, or “known unknowns,” is supposedly priced into the contract. However, an escape clause is generally included for addressing “unk-unks”, or “unknown unknowns”… and THIS is where military R&D contractors REALLY make their money at the tax-payers expense, because even the unks can lead to unk-unks and more “developments.” Couple that with a contractor spreading subcontracts in as many congressional districts as possible to preclude contract cancellation, which I personally witnessed on the F-35 program, “desirable” design changes plus quite weak government control from internal advancement dependant politics and military development programs are sure-fire money makers!!! Also note my comment on the last paragraph ~Don Chapin, Capt, USAF, Ret’d… an ex-R&D government aerospace engineer
As an ex/nuclear weapons electronics technician/team chief, involved in an undocumented maintenance screw-up that almost wiped out the island of Puerto Rico, I am ALL IN FAVOR of TOTALLY ELIMINATING Nuke Weapons funding!!! It’s time we stop prioritizing weapons before citizens and re-evaluate our funding of nuclear weapons.
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“At a time when families across the country are struggling to pay the bills—including more than 16,000 military families on food stamps—we need to take a hard look at every dollar and reinvest in people. It’s time to cut weapons of war and prioritize the well-being of our troops, anti- poverty programs, public health initiatives, and diplomacy.”
The misadventures of the military/industrial complex simply keep getting more and more brazen from even the ones I witnessed from inside the system in the ‘60s thru ’70s!
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The coziness between defense lobbyists, Congress, and the Pentagon — what former President Dwight D. Eisenhower called the military-industrial complex — tilts countless decisions, big and small, away from legitimate national security interests and toward the desires of giant corporations that thrive off taxpayer dollars.