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After reading the linked document, I can only conclude that the Pentagon did not, in fact, spend $800M. Instead, it had most of $800M stolen from it by shady contractors, and buried the details to avoid embarrassment.

This has been happening to the US federal government an awful lot lately. This is rather disturbing, and appears to be specific to recent times and specific to the United States.




The military is responsible for shocking amounts of fraud. And because most civilians have zero experience with the military, the most we can do is say "thank you for your service." I bet the perpetrators of this embarrassment still hears that every time they go through an airport.

This article is a good overview of how this disconnect has to come to pass:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/01/the-trag...


Back in the '80s I heard a rumor that one of the many large defence contractors who also had a fair amount of civilian work had many of their workers filling out two time cards (both for ~40 hr/wk) – one on civilian contracts, one on military contracts.


> This is rather disturbing, and appears to be specific to recent times and specific to the United States.

Rest assured that as a French, I can confirm this is not specific at all to the US.


Well actually, it kinda is.

The US military budget is around 11x that of France.


So? It just means the US has 11x the amount of money stolen, not that it's specific to the US.

And the GDP of the US about 6x that of France, so on that scale the amounts are roughly equivalent.




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