Reinvest Appropriate Pentagon Savings in Urgent Defense Needs

The Pentagon figures it could save $125 billion if it were making more efficient use of administrative personnel. Evidently, a million of them is excessive.

They’re the “tail” in the military’s proverbial “tooth-to-tail” ratio – the calculation of actual war fighters, compared to the vastly larger number of folks who support them.

For years, it has been clear that ratio is out of whack. But the Obama Defense Department chose to suppress this confirmatory internal audit. Presumably, that’s because the last time the armed forces wrung out significant savings on the promise they would be plowed back into desperately needed investments in war fighting priorities, Team Obama ripped them off.

As Donald Trump’s Pentagon team gets down to work next month, my bet is they are going to do some belt-tightening. This time, however, the money saved will go towards keeping us safe.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.