Chuck Hagel came out swinging Wednesday in his first major address as Secretary of Defense, putting the bloated Pentagon on notice.
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Without question, the U.S. Department of Defense is -- from both an accountability and cost-effectiveness perspective -- the most dysfunctional department in the executive branch.
Advocates of continuing DOD budget growth are loath to point out that holding the Pentagon's base budget at the 2010 level is actually a $900 billion increase over the pre-war year 2000 spending.
There are fundamental and widespread problems in the design and acquisition of the F-35, and the Pentagon's acquisition system continues to hurtle down the road of ruin.
This tale recounts the interwoven fate of an Air Force Chief of Staff, potentially disastrous handling of nuclear weapons, and a financial advising company with more than 300,000 military personnel as investors.
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