GAO Flags Pentagon's Weapons Systems Spending
As many in the defense industry are watching closely to see the details of a new budget under Defense Secretary Gates, Gene L. Dodaro - the head of the GAO - reminds us just how much the Pentagon has spent on weapons systems.
Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the oversight agency, recently said in congressional testimony that the Pentagon has obligated about $200 billion in fiscal 2008 for contractor services - more than double the amount it spent a decade ago.
Meanwhile, the size of the acquisition workforce has shrunk, leaving less oversight of projects as their costs rise and performance falls.
In his 25-page report, Dodaro said the Pentagon's major weapons system programs "continue to take longer to develop, cost more, and deliver fewer quantities and capabilities than originally planned."
He went on to say that Congress and the Pentagon end up shifting money "to and from programs - undermining well-performing programs to pay for poorly performing ones."
Dodaro said the Defense Department "does not prioritize weapon system investments, and its processes for matching war fighter needs with resources are fragmented and broken."
It sounds like there's more and more of an urgent need for the Pentagon to look at what it is spending money on and what it is getting in return.
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