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“It had everything to do with 10 years of double-digit, year-over-year growth. There was no need to talk to each other. Everyone was happy. When we had a program that was bleeding, we cauterized the wound with money, because we had it. Expediency was the most important thing.”
— Brett Lambert, deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base, explaining Wednesday why communication between the Pentagon and its contractors has been lacking in recent years.
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This just show that there is much that can be cut from defense without compromising war fighting ability.


And there has been a cipher atop the Pentagon.

from  Bryan McGrath,
Sequester Looms: Congress Adjourns, President Golfs

 from a senior Air Force Official:
"The services had been prohibited from doing any planning until about three weeks ago when everyone started late nights, weekends.  Basically a Chinese fire drill because, at least in my service, and I'm guessing all the others, the real information fidelity is at the major subordinate commands, not in the Pentagon.  By us refusing to inform them and allow them to plan, you get the debacle you saw in testimony last week. I'm partucularly disgusted with Panetta, who I initially was a big fan of.  He, for purely political reasons, in my estimation, prohibited the Department from doing what it does best, plan and execute. We've been expressly prohibited from discussing ANY of the options with our civilian workforce. Since the FY is ticking away, the only way to get to the numbers of cuts is the draconian stuff described last week."

 from a senior Navy Official:
"The administration has all along been trying to force the Congress' hand on Sequestration using the military, which some HASC members picked up on. For example, the reason we didn't plan was based on a desire to force Congress to act, and in hearings last week we were told to 'show the pain.' The reductions being undertaken now really are the only ones available due to having to cut $8.6B from about $20B remaining in operations and maintenance funding this year, but there has been pressure from the Administration to choose more high-profile reductions to make the hazards of sequestration more dramatic. Navy has resisted that pressure."

McGrath. . .What I won't concede is the blithe politicization of the Joint Chiefs, jeopardizing their credibility and trustworthiness.  This goes too far, and institutional damage cannot be far behind.


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