Bullet points about government waste
POSTED: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8:42pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Many KETK viewers have brought the following to my attention, and it's being fought about in left and right-wing blogs, but I'm using the Stars and Stripes.
I figured they'd know better than anyone.
This was written by by Tom Vanden Brook in USA TODAY re-run by Stars and Stripes:
"The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1-billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources. It's impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction - valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon - remains viable because the Defense Department's inventory systems can't share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY."
The result is a potential waste of unknown value.
Let's get this straight, federal law enforcement needs all if this ammunition and the military doesn't have at least a working knowledge of what we have?
"There is a huge opportunity to save millions, if not billions of dollars if the (Pentagon) can make some common-sense improvements to how it manages ammunition," said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. "Despite years of effort, the Army, Navy and Air Force still don't have an efficient process for doing something as basic as sharing excess bullets. This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report clearly shows that our military's antiquated systems lead to millions of dollars in wasteful ammunition purchases."
The Army and Pentagon, in a statement, acknowledged "the need to automate the process" and will make it a priority in future budgets. In all, the Pentagon manages a stockpile of conventional ammunition worth $70 billion.
Is this a government project or what?
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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