Tuesday, April 01, 2008

From the Department of 'Duh'

GAO says that Pentagon's budget is out of control:

"Government auditors issued a scathing review yesterday of dozens of the Pentagon's biggest weapons systems, saying ships, aircraft and satellites are billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.

The Government Accountability Office found that 95 major systems have exceeded their original budgets by a total of $295 billion, bringing their total cost to $1.6 trillion, and are delivered almost two years late on average. In addition, none of the systems that the GAO looked at had met all of the standards for best management practices during their development stages.

Auditors said the Defense Department showed few signs of improvement since the GAO began issuing its annual assessments of selected weapons systems six years ago. "It's not getting any better by any means," said Michael Sullivan, director of the GAO's acquisition and sourcing team. "It's taking longer and costing more.""

Hey guys--with practically no industries in American outside of Death Row and Bad Boy, something's gotta keep this country's economy running. What? Did you think Medicare and SocSec could be paid for on Ipods and cigarette taxes alone?

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