Coburn releases report on potential Pentagon savings
BY CHRIS CASTEEL NewsOK.com
Friday, November 16, 2012
11/16/12 at 5:06 AM
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon could save $68 billion over the next decade just by cutting programs with no direct relation to the nation's defense, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said Thursday.
Coburn released a 73-page report called "Department of Everything" that cites numerous examples of nondefense research funded by the Pentagon. The report also criticizes spending on schools and commissaries and says the Defense Department has far too many generals and admirals.
At a news conference, Coburn said Republicans have had "a blind eye" in regard to defense spending. The fiscal crisis, he said, requires that all spending be considered for cuts. Pentagon spending could be slashed in nondefense areas and the savings could be used for weapons, he said.
"I'm a budget hawk, but I'm also a military hawk," Coburn said. "I want them to have the best equipment in the world."
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