Vets Advocate Hegseth: Pentagon Bureaucracy Hurts Ability to Fight

Friday, 07 Feb 2014 10:49 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The Pentagon is "incredibly complex"  and has too many bureaucrats "squeezing our war fighting capabilities," Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, said Friday.

"Right now, the personnel and healthcare system of the Pentagon is growing so large, we're squeezing our war fighting capabilities," Hegseth told "Fox & Friends." "This is an incredibly complex department."

Hegseth suggested reforming the acquisitions process for weapons systems, which he called an "antiquated process from the Eisenhower era." He said the process "takes decades of time and billions in cost overrides."

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"The weapons systems we get, that I see in combat, are usually outdated by the time they get there, and cost way too much. It's because there is so much red tape and so much bureaucracy," he said.

Veterans were hit by cuts to their pensions in last year's budget. A $30 billion bill by Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would reinstate the funding cuts. Hegseth argued the bill would fund the pensions with war funds.

"It doesn't pass the smell test for me that we're going to fund veterans programs by taking from the war fighter?

"We're still in a shooting war in Afghanistan, and they better have everything they need. Let's find a way to fund veterans' priorities. But, why in the world would we do it on the backs of those still serving?" he said.

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