Blog post, ThePeoplesVoice.org, Nov. 21, 2013, by Stephen Lendman. He lives in Chicago and is an author. He hosts discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.
Longstanding Pentagon operations reflect a black hole of unaccountability. Reuters published a two-part report. In July, it discussed the Defense Department’s “payroll quagmire.”
It’s bureaucracy is stifling. It’s “unyielding,” said Reuters. Active duty and retired military personal are routinely cheated. Pay errors are widespread.
Correcting “or just explaining them can test even the most persistent soldiers.” Weeks or months pass without resolution.
Some personnel are cheated on pay. Others are penalized for overpayments. Their earnings are “drastically cut” unfairly. Precise figures are impossible to calculate.
At issue is “the Defense Department’s jury-rigged network of mostly incompatible computer systems for payroll and accounting, many of them decades old, long obsolete, and unable to communicate with each other,” said Reuters.
It claims it’s working to correct the problem. It’s longstanding. It persists.
Congressional budget debates largely ignore massive Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse. Lip service at most is paid to it.
Advancing America’s imperium matters most. Pedal-to-the-metal unaudited spending continues out-of-control.