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Question for Hagel - what are priorities?

July 24, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon's civilian workers....

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Jul-25-13 9:10 AM

Congress is the problem as they will not allow anyone else to prioritize spending. The Joint Chiefs of the Services testify before Congress and state we do not need more of the M-1 Abrams tank, yet there is a bipartisan push to spend an extra $436 million on a weapon the experts explicitly say is not needed. Another example is the Joint Strike fighter program which already has a primary engine yet work on a secondary engine continues despite a stop work order which would have ended the expenditure of $1 million per day. The secondary engine has survived for years with the backing of powerful Congressional leaders and a push from a brigade of lobbyists, and is not dead yet. As long as Congress cares more about industry, big business, and lobbyists that they do other spending priorities let’ stop calling for them to be the voice of reason on spending and appropriations as the have neither reason or common sense.

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