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Pentagon could save $5.4 billion

At least $5.4 billion could be saved if Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's plans to cut the funding for contractors comes to fruition, a new report from the Congressional Research Service says.

Stephen Daggett, a specialist in defense policy and budgets at the nonpartisan congressional think tank, calculates that if Gates follows his plan to cut spending on contractors by 30 percent over three years, it will yield $5.4 billion in savings between fiscal years 2011 and 2013. If Gates extends the plan, Daggett estimates it could save $12.6 billion through fiscal year 2015.

Although the defense secretary again mentioned he plans to step down in 2011 in an interview with, he's still pushing for the cutbacks and other changes at the Pentagon.

On the proposed cuts, Daggett wrote, "Many of the potentially larger savings appear to involve scrubbing the recent very large increases in intelligence spending. Much of the increase appears to have been through increased use of contractors, which is a focus of scrutiny in the initiatives."

Gates also said there would be a 10 percent reduction in funding for advisory and assistance contracts sponsored by military intelligence entities. CRS notes that the Defense Department's budget request does not detail proposed spending on "advisory and assistance contracts" for intelligence. However, an Office of Management and Budget report pegs overall spending for such services at $15.9 billion in fiscal 2010 and projects it to be $12.7 billion in fiscal 2011.

Daggett goes on to say that the savings from closing the U.S. Joint Forces Command, shrinking the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks Integration, plus getting rid of boards and commissions, will be relatively small. While some headquarters or offices may be closed, he says, their functions could move elsewhere, making "net savings from those measures very hard to estimate."

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  August 17, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
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Dana and The Post, I appreciate your continued interest and follow up to your series, 'A Top Secret America'. I am also encouraged that the Obama Administration is now addressing, so quickly, the waste and redundancy within the government. What I would like to see the Post address is the criminal undertones and activities that some of these government contractors conduct and with the use of government funding. Thousand of Americans report offenses, torture and surveillance by government entities. The community of victims reaches millions. This aspect should also be investigated. These contractors, local police and others have abused the systems and their top secret clearances. They have illegally access the lives of millions as stated by the United Inspector Generals reports. They report from 8000 to 10,000 potential terrorist threats daily, per The Director of Intelligences Report on Post 9/11. 10,000 potential terrorist threats daily, really? Is this why children and elderly are appearing as ‘listed’ individuals and now on ‘no-fly’ government watch lists? These aspects should be investigated. The total government cuts should reach the Trillions, not billions. Thank you again for your continued follow.

Posted by: dmiles1 | August 17, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely NO ONe is watching D. of D.

Here is what we bought on Monday. Another one half BILLION for Radar Detection====my guess is the one we have is not broken!

Northrop Grumman Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., was awarded on Aug. 12 a $457,125,797 five-year, firm-fixed-price contract. This requirement is for the procurement of the APR-39A/B/C Radar Signal Detection Set (RSDS) including upgrade kits; and repair, integration, interim software support and field support. The RSDS identifies different types of threats on a display, prioritize those threats on a display, identifies the threat posing the most immediate danger to an aircraft and provide audible information to the pilot. Work is to be performed in Rolling Meadows, Ill., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2014. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, CECOM, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity (W15P7T-10-D-R802).

This company has $$$2 BILLION in contracts to make trucks for (Iraq and Afghanistan.....thanks we are withdrawing??) We are shipping home equipment>

Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis., was awarded on Aug. 12 a $201,545,286 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is for the production of 1,288 Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. Work is to be performed in Oshkosh, Wis., with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2012. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with three bids received. TACOM LCMC, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity (W56HZV-09-D-0159).

There is no fcking way these 2 countries reimburse us. No way.

War profiteering and bilking taxpayers continues.

Posted by: hurtlockerbushsucks | August 17, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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