posted on Mar, 31 2012 @ 09:58 PM
Originally posted by watchitburn
We recently received these 2" x 1" "improved" steel slugs for a tool we use.
The Department of Defense, in its infinite wisdom. Thought that it was perfectly reasonable to pay $550.00 for this.
This kind of crap happens every day.
I think this would be a prime example for defense cuts instead of medical coverage for troops.
Does anyone else have any stories of Govt. waste?
I spent 24 years in the Army - I retired as a Major. I spent the majority of my time in Special Operations. I have seen waste the likes of which
would make people insane with anger.
I wasn't even really high in the corporation enough to see a good deal of the "real" waste in R&D. Sometimes we'd get a new system or gadget (or
even an upgrade) in before anyone even knew how to use the last one, which worked just fine.
I tried to be a steward of the public trust when I had the power to do so - say when I was in Command of something and actually made decisions. I
have seen unit’s waste money on so many things that make you go humm. Then I have seen what I consider legitimate needs go unfunded for years.
Like I said - I think that it’s not the amount of money congress gives DOD that is the problem. They give them plenty it's how the egg heads and
bean counters chose to spend it that is wrong. For instance we have more General Officers in the US Army today at 500K soldiers or so than we did on
active duty in all the services during WWII when we had millions of men in uniform.
They cry foul when congress cuts their money and target the pay and benefits hoping to hit a heart string of the people and get them to fight their
battle for them using sympathy. They need to just cut all the silly crap out of the budget.
The military is the only industry I know that buys a tool or system then invents a use for it rather than making a tool or system to fill a need.