BILLION$ IN WASTE DISCOVERED - GAO REPORT
REVEALS NAVY KEEPS $7.5 BILLION IN SPARE
PARTS ON HAND IT DOESN'T NEED - "INCREDIBLE
WASTE," SAYS US SEN. BERNIE SANDERS - NAVY
MANAGERS NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR "COST
EFFICIENCY" - BLACK MARK FOR CNO MULLEN
"This is just incredible waste!" fumed Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont when he finished reading a General Accountability Office report that puts the Navy's inventory management system in a very bad light.
The numbers from the GAO study are staggering. It shows the Navy averaged $7.5 billion in spare parts it doesn't need each year because there's no management accountability for "cost efficiency." And this, at a time when money is tight and the taxpayers are being asked to make sacrifices for our armed forces.
Why didn't Chief of Naval Operations Mike Mullen know about this fiasco? This disclosure couldn't come at a worse time for the Navy boss, whom we at MilitaryCorruption.com will always be grateful to for firing a certain obnoxious admiral, Joe Sestak, who unfortunately, later went on to become a congressman from Pennsylvania.
POLITICS AS USUAL AT PENTAGON AS BRASS GET SET
TO BOW BEFORE OBAMA
All the service chiefs are lining up to genuflect before non-veteran and new commander-in-chief Barack Hussein Obama, and there's little Mullen can say that will excuse such waste as the GAO has just uncovered.
With President-elect Obama set to appoint a gay man as new Navy Secretary, it'll be interesting to see how fast the admirals will "fall into line."
The extension of Defense Secretary Robert Gates for at least another year shocked the leftists who had hailed the election of their hero Obama, but the news is BAD for those of us who hoped that a change at the Pentagon would mean an end to the disgraceful Maj. Jill Metzger cover-up. Now with Gates still in control, a certain arrogant three-star Air Force general with plenty to hide will continue his reign of terror and intimidation while pampered and protected poster girl Jill can continue to run in grueling marathons while collecting a 100% "disability" check.
A GLUT OF "SPARE PARTS" AND BILLION$ OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS WASTED
The GAO report reveals the Navy has known since at least 2001 there were serious problems with inventory management. This has resulted in a glut of "spare parts" that are not needed or obsolete, ranging from submarine sonar sets to engine fan blades for fighter jets.
If things weren't bad enough already, documents show nearly $4 billion worth of "unusable" spare parts on hand that "have to be repaired" before they can be sent out to the Navy.
You, the hard-pressed taxpayer, will be disgusted to learn that 13,852 fan blades worth a total of $3.6 million for F-18 jet engines are no longer needed. The Navy claims they are offering to return the excess fan blades to the manufacturer in exchange for a discount on a new contract, the GAO report says.
"Spending billions of dollars each year for parts that are not needed or used by the Navy is absolutely unacceptable," Sen. Sanders, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, declared.
He's right. And we would not want to be CNO Mullen right now.
It's possible this boondoggle and extreme example of mismanagement will blow over in time, but it's absolutely a nightmare for any service chief to have to explain to a new boss in the White House.