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Posts Tagged ‘Pork’

Defense Budget Tutorial #3C Pork How to Get Rid of It

Posted by picard578 on September 14, 2013

Defense Budget Tutorial #3C: Pork: How to Get Rid of It

February 6, 2006
Winslow Wheeler / Straus Military Reform Project / Center for Defense Information

Pork’s most prominent characteristics are its unknown cost and value to US national defense, and the fact that there is no effort in Congress to ensure due diligence in providing the goods or services in question. This essay spells out a “simple but difficult” five-point plan to rein in military pork.

http://www.cdi.org/friendlyversion/printversion.cfm?documentID=3289&from_page=../program/document.cfm

(February 1, 2006) — To eliminate pork, one must first understand what it is. As discussed in “Defense Budget Tutorial #3B: Pork: What is it?,” pork’s most prominent characteristics are its unknown cost and value to US national defense, and the fact that there is no effort in Congress to ensure due diligence in providing the goods or services in question. [1] Pork is acquired through an opaque process that seeks to operate in the shadows of government with as little explanation and evaluation as possible to ensure that the intended recipient gets the goodies. Read the rest of this entry »

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CDI: Defense Budget Tutorial #3A: Pork: Where is it?

Posted by picard578 on July 13, 2013

http://www.d-n-i.net/fcs/defense_budget_tutorial_3a.htm

January 30, 2006

Winslow Wheeler

Winslow Wheeler is Director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information and the author of The Wastrels of Defense. This is the first of a series of three “Defense Budget Tutorials” on pork (earmarking) in defense legislation.

Not Hard to Find

With 2,966 examples costing about $11.1 billion, [2] the pork in the 2006 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, now law, is not hard to find. There are examples in almost every “title” of the bill, including parts most would probably hope to be pork-free.

For example, the Military Personnel Title, which funds military pay and benefits, is burdened with $1.6 million for “Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Activities” to pay for members of Congress to invite “up to 10 students from each state and territory” to participate in a “Youth Rendezvous” in some lucky congressional district. [3]

Nor do past embarrassments seem to have slowed the process. Read the rest of this entry »

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