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Old 9 December 2018, 14:28
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Originally Posted by Jim1348 View Post
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Fraud, waste, and abuse are a standard feature of bureaucracies but are the home territory of government bureaucracies. The larger outfit or the bigger the budget, the more mission creep will set in and the more waste that will accompany it. The feature more common to the military than to police agencies is an entrenched hierarchy of flag officers in the Pentagon who will shield their own fiefdoms from any cyclic downsizing, thus ensuring that any cuts are more likely to affect those who work in the field that those who live in offices.

Any adjustment in forces that does not address that problem first is guaranteed to decrease combat unit efficiency while magnifying problems that stem from bureaucracy. I had hoped that having Mattis as SecDef could lead to some improvement in the Pentagon's drag on performance in the field, but neither party in Congress wants to cut funding to anyone's district. A true restructuring of the military along the lines of most of the recommendations in this thread would first require an act of an unwilling Congress or an overthrow of the existing government. I doubt either will occur.
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