DOD “The Department of Everything”
Beef jerky, a microbrewery and windmills are among the hundreds of items the Defense Department is not only spending money on, but producing each year.
And Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) wants the Pentagon to cut it out.
Coburn said Thursday DoD will spend almost $68 billion on non-military goods and services over the next 10 years. Some recent examples included a smartphone app to help military members manage their caffeine intake, and the sponsorship of a workshop by the Defense Advanced Research Agency called the 100 Year Starship project, which included a session called, “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?”
Coburn released a new report, called The Department of Everything, in attempt to shine light on what he calls wasteful spending during a time of ever-tightening budgets.
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Report PDF @ http://www.coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=00783b5a-f0fe-4f80-90d6-019695e52d2d