Senators: DoD Can Cut Redundant Programs

March 21, 2012

Two key Republican senators are recommending the Defense Department reduce duplicative and overlapping programs to stave off deep cuts in force structure and weapons programs.

Sens. John McCain of Arizona, ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, one of the Senate’s fiercest deficit hawks, have provided some specific examples, drawn from a recent Government Accountability Office report on mismanagement that identified 51 areas of concern, including 16 in DoD.

In a March 19 letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the senators made the recommendations “to avoid imposing the large cuts to force structure and key investment priorities that the president proposed in the fiscal year 2013 budget request.”

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