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FILE - The Pentagon is seen in this aerial view in Washington, in this March 27, 2008 file photo. The Pentagon has revised its Law of War guidelines to remove wording that could permit U.S. military commanders to treat war correspondents as “unprivileged belligerents” if they think the journalists are sympathizing or cooperating with enemy forces. The amended manual, published on July 22, 2016, also drops wording that equated journalism with spying. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Pentagon investigators reportedly discovered $125 billion wasted. That study was buried.


The Defense Department tried to find  a way to cut expenses, so it conducted an internal study to find potential waste. In early 2015, it published the results.

Well, kind of. The results were only published internally, since the report found a staggering $125 billion in administrative waste, according to a Washington Post investigation

Pentagon leaders tried to bury the report for fears of budget cuts, and it only recently found the light of day.

We are spending a lot more money than we thought.
Defense Business Board report

The internal review by the Defense Business Board found the Pentagon had more than one million non-active-duty personnel on the payroll, costing $134 billion. Meanwhile, there were only 1.3 million active-duty troops -- the smallest number since 1940.  The goal of the study was to reallocate money to weapons and troops, but officials feared the sheer magnitude of waste would scare Congress.

We're the largest bureaucracy in the world. There's going to be some inherent inefficiencies in that.
Robert O. Work, deputy defense secretary

Not only was the study not published, but restrictions prevented it from being replicated, The Post reports.  Meanwhile, the department will face $113 billion in automatic cuts under the 2011 Budget Control Act unless Congress and President-elect Donald Trump can agree on a budget. 

Other reporters contrasted this with the flood of fake news and conspiracy theories.

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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. As defense chief for a president who famously envisioned “a world without nuclear weapons,” Ash Carter has said remarkably little about them. He has been quiet on a range of nuclear issues, including the Pentagon’s efforts to correct an array of morale, training, discipline and resource problems in the Air Force nuclear missile corps. This is all the more notable for the fact that Carter, a physicist by training and policy wonk by reputation, cut his professional teeth on nuclear weapons during the Cold War. This quiet approach is expected to end when Carter visits Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work said the movement to cut waste lost momentum after then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was replaced with Ash Carter last year. 

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