Procuring Failure

Why did Donald Rumsfeld fail at military acquisitions reform? The same reasons he failed at everything.

The president’s budget proposal for this year increases the Department of Defense allocation from $410.8 billion to $439.3 billion — a 28.5 percent increase. Among the many things that might be said about that spike in funding, one is especially clear: it stands as yet one more symbol of Donald Rumsfeld’s failure as defense secretary.

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