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Military Spending: a quick case study

March 8, 2010

As you’ll see in our upcoming newsletter (just went to the printer, hooray!) Ruth has spent a lot of time breaking down how much of your tax bill goes to funding the military. It’s worth taking a moment to look at exactly how poorly the Pentagon spends that money.

As Spencer Ackerman at the Washington Independent documents this morning, systemic failures in the military contracting process mean that a certain notorious private security company may still be on the federal payroll:

By March 24, the private security corporation formerly known as Blackwater — last seen in Afghanistan shooting civilians and stealing weapons intended for the Afghan police — may win a new Defense Department contract to train the Afghan police. And nearly no one in the government wants to own up to how it could happen.

Interviews over the past week with numerous Pentagon officials and military officers in Washington and Kabul have presented a portrait of a contracting process in which it is remarkably difficult to deny a contract to a security company involved in numerous civilian deaths and possible fraud.

The whole article is worth a read.

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