Pentagon buys enough spare parts to arm the whole world

Bernie Sanders – looking askance!
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A Pentagon agency buys over $7 billion worth of spare parts every year the Defense Department ends up not needing, a practice one senator decried as an “unbelievable” waste of taxpayer money.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found in a new report…that the Defense Logistics Agency had no use for parts worth $7.1 billion, more than half of the $13.7 billion in equipment stacked in Defense Department warehouses on average from 2006 to 2008.

The waste of taxpayer dollars is unbelievable,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent and Senate Budget Committee member who requested the study.

“At a time when the country has a $13 trillion national debt and is struggling with huge unmet needs, it is outrageous that the Defense Department continues to waste huge sums of money for spare parts that the military doesn’t need.”

The report also showed that more than $700 million in parts for U.S. troops at war were not available when they were needed, Sanders said.

Pentagon procurement specialists like this are guaranteed terrific jobs working for the corporate suppliers they fed after their retirement. Then, they go to work as object lessons on how to do it to a new generation of patent leather bureaucrats.

The Killer Klowns in charge of the logistics side of the American military are about as useful to a modern army as a spare appendix on your large intestine.

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