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Pentagon Waste Study Buried After Finding $125B in Government Waste?

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A study found $125 billion in government waste at the Pentagon. (Ivan Cholakov/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 11:30 AM

A Pentagon waste study that highlighted $125 billion in administrative waste was reportedly buried for fear that it could lead to Congress cutting the defense budget, according to confidential memos passed to The Washington Post.

Senior defense officials have sought to discredit and suppress the report after the study was originally called for by Pentagon leaders, The Washington Post reported. Officials initially asked for the report in hopes its savings could be redirected toward combat power.

Instead, Pentagon officials found what they believed was so much waste that they became concerned that the results would lead to cuts rather than a redirection of funds, the sources said, per the newspaper.

The Defense Business Board, a federal advisory panel that includes corporate executives, and consultants from McKinsey and Company, wrote the study last year. The study suggested that the Pentagon spends nearly one-fourth of its $580 billion budget on overhead and core business operations such as accounting, human resources, logistics, and property management, the Post reported.

Deputy Pentagon spokesman Gordon Trowbridge told The New York Times that the report has never been suppressed and was actually posted online.

"Any suggestion the report has been suppressed by the department is false," Trowbridge told the Times. "The study has been publicly available on Defense.gov since its release in January 2015, where it has been downloaded more than 2,800 times."

Robert Stein, chairman of the Defense Business Board and private-equity investor, told the Post that he believed that the report was suppressed and that it showed "indisputable" ways to save billions in the military through just waste.

"They're all complaining that they don’t have any money," Stein told the Post. "We proposed a way to save a ton of money. We're going to be in peril because we're spending dollars like it doesn't matter."

One of the big takeaways from the study, according to the Post, was that the defense department was paying more than one million contractors, civilians, and uniformed personnel for back office jobs away from the front lines. That workforce nearly equals the 1.3 million troops on active duty, the fewest in the U.S. since 1940, according to the newspaper.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told Fox News, though, that the report "had limited value" because it "lacked specific, actionable recommendations appropriate to the department."

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