Editorial: DoD Must Cut Overhead, Personnel

June 9, 2013

Three years ago as Defense Department spending was poised for a downturn, then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates launched a broad efficiency drive to cut staffs and stretch dollars.

Despite his high-profile effort that included cutting tens of billions in defense programs, staffs at the Pentagon and regional combatant commands did not shrink. Instead, they grew by 15 percent from 2010 and 2012, according to an analysis by Defense News, a sister publication of Federal Times.

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