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Congress Punts on Reforming the Pentagon Budget—Again
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Congress Punts on Reforming the Pentagon Budget—Again

Author Lawrence J. Korb analyzes the recently enacted fiscal year 2019 defense budget and explains why—at a massive $674 billion—it costs far too much and undermines national security.

There’s good news and bad news about the recently enacted $674 billion fiscal year 2019 defense budget.

The good news is that for the first time in a decade, the defense appropriations bill was passed before the start of the fiscal year. This will allow the Pentagon to spend its money in an orderly and efficient way and will prevent them from having to hand out 114 contracts worth $7.5 billion as they did on the last working day of the 2018 fiscal year.

The above excerpt was originally published in The American Conservative. Click here to view the full article.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow