The U.S. Department of Defense’s primary responsibility — in fact, its raison d’être – is national security and providing military forces to deter war, yet it blows tens of billions of dollars on preposterous things unrelated to its true reason for existing, according to an Inside-the-Beltway watchdog on Tuesday.
A variety of unimaginable examples are featured in a biting report published by a Republican U.S. Senator, who asserts that the Pentagon could easily save around $70 billion over ten years without cutting any Army brigade combat teams, Navy combat ships or Air Force fighter squadrons, a Judicial Watch release stated. It could be done simply by getting rid of the waste, according to the report’s findings.
The Pentagon funded $6 billion in studies that have little or nothing to do with national defense or medical needs related to military service.
- an anthropologist at a public California university got $681,387 to examine whether men holding pistols are viewed as taller, stronger and more masculine.
- $5.2 million grant researchers at an Ivy League university found that golden shiner fish could show the nation how to overcome political polarization and promote democracy.
- The Office of Naval Research spent $450,000 to study how babies interact with robots.
- The DOD also burned $700 million on “duplicative and unnecessary alternative energy” projects
- $1.5 million to create its own brand of beef jerky treats.
- The Pentagon also spends more than $9 billion to operate 254 grocery stores.