How the DoD Squandered Billions of US Taxpayer Dollars


This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows the heavy lift vessel MV Blue Marlin entering Pearl Harbor, Hawaii with the Sea Based X-Band Radar (SBX) aboard Jan. 9 2006

The Pentagon continues to squander US taxpayer dollars on extravagant projects and meaningless initiatives, Sputnik contributor Alexander Khrolenko wrote, shedding light on the most glaring examples of the US Department of Defense wasting money.

The senseless spending of funds has become the Pentagon’s modus operandi, Sputnik international affairs contributor Alexander Khrolenko wrote.

This prompts questions about who actually benefits from wasted US taxpayer dollars.

On Wednesday, Newsweek magazine turned the spotlight on the pointless waste of $94 million by the US Defense Department.

According to the media outlet, the Pentagon squandered millions of dollars on “a fashion faux pas for Afghan cops” providing them with forest-colored camouflage uniforms “in a country where forests cover barely 2 percent of the land.”

“The Taliban haven’t had to look too hard to find their government foes in green forest uniforms,” the media outlet remarked ironically.

Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident, Khrolenko pointed out.

A glaring example of federal money squandering was demonstrated by the US Missile Defense Agency which spent more than $ 10 billion on developing useless weapons, the journalist noted.

He quoted the findings of a Los Angeles Times investigation that nailed the Pentagon for wasting money on projects which had “ended up with nothing.” He specifically cited the Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX), the Airborne Laser, the Kinetic Energy Interceptor, and the Multiple Kill Vehicle.

“The world’s largest sea-based SBX radar cost US taxpayers $2.2 billion,” Khrolenko wrote. “It was expected that the self-propelled radar station with, centimeter-level precision, would be able to track objects the size of a baseball ball at a distance of up to 4,700 kilometers, detect [intercontinental] ballistic missiles launched towards the USA, and participate in repelling the strike.”

“The SBX was supposed to keep an eye on possible [missile] launches from the territories of China and North Korea, but its visibility zone turned out to be too narrow; [as a result] the gargantuan radar station with a height of a 20-story building and weighing 50,000 tons sat idle [for years] at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii [as of 2015],” the journalist noted.

But that’s not all.

Back in 2016 the US Department of Defense published a report which revealed that between 1997 and 2015 the Pentagon had spent $58 billion on 22 weapons programs which were later cancelled.

Commenting on the matter, Thomas Phippen of the Daily Caller pointed out that nearly half of the wasted funds went to two programs: “the Future Combat System (FCS) built high-tech computers, tanks and drones in one fell swoop, and received $20.7 billion before it was canceled;  and the stealthy Comanche reconnaissance and attack helicopter project, which received $9.8 billion.”

Khrolenko has called attention to yet another embarrassing episode which surfaced in the press in 2014.

It was reported that the US destroyed 16 cargo planes intended for the Afghan Air Forces and sold the scrap metal for $32,000. The most damning part of the story is that the destroyed aircraft had been acquired by Washington for $486 million.

“Apparently, the difference [between the bid and the offer] did not vanish into thin air,” Khrolenko suggested, adding that it is no secret that billions of dollars meant for the restoration of occupied Iraq went “into the unknown.”

“Probably, the very presence of the US military in 160 countries and the maintenance of about 800 foreign military bases can hardly be called a reasonable expenditure of budgetary funds,” the journalist pointed out, adding that US spending on its global defense network is spinning out of control.

What is needed is a full audit of the Pentagon’s financial flows, he noted, adding that it still remains unclear when the US Department of Defense will be ready for it.

“The senseless spending of US taxpayer dollars has become a way of life for the US Department of Defense, and it is the military-industrial complex which benefits from it,” Khrolenko emphasized.

It is obvious that the squandering of $60 billion is just the tip of the iceberg, the journalist noted, referring to a 2016 Department of Defense Inspector General’s report that revealed — to the embarrassment of many — that the Pentagon was unable to provide adequate documentation for how it spent $6.5 trillion.

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  1. Nevermind! If USA needs to build a battleship – it just prints money. In Russia to build a battleship we have to find oil, transport it to the consumer, sell for $, then to start building. For primitive example.

  2. I would associate with the three comments above or below as it turns out by David Odell and two by JohnZ. Congress is the main party responsible for this obscenity in the Pentagon but of course the Generals are also accessories since they do not lift a finger to save money either. And as stated by JohnZ these whores have it arranged where they borrow all the money they need rather than tax the taxpayers for it as we go by raising taxes. This is nothing but a clever ruse so the taxpayers and voters to not feel any financial pain of war and war crimes and all the rest by the US because if they did then all H would break loose. Obviously this is done deliberately as part of this massive scam on America. It is difficult to think of polite words which are not expletives to talk about all this. Frankly one almost hopes it will collapse just to see these criminals get their due but of course they will likely not suffer much pain; the lowly citizens are the ones who will feel the pain and it will be substantial when it arrives. We are all helpless in trying to stop any of this monster train wreck which is about to happen.

  3. As a contractor and a supply veteran, I can tell you, that if a person does not charge enough, their bid is scrapped. We can easily reduce Military spending by 80 %. The real welfare gravy train is the open check book for all manner of ridiculous expenditure. When one is inside, the concept of money is a giant mountain full of it, and all one has to do, is dip in and relax because the gravy flows like water, and everyone that is dipping, knows it. The apple cart is required spending, because of you want more, then it must appear that you need more. That means, spend it on whatever you want and anything you can, because if it is not all gone, then you cannot scream for more. Handshakes and scotch can be worth billions. None of it is necessary. The military needs to serve the people, not a group of Oligarchs.

    • JohnZ, I’m not worried about any financial collapse. The looting is going so well, the banks have no interest in shutting down the faucet. They are collecting record amounts of taxes and will continue to target the middle class and small business. I live out of the garbage, which is currently better than at any time in the last million generations. I call it “the curb of abundance”. When I move to my next vacant structure with only a few boxes in tow, I’ll be able to completely resupply in a matter of days, including electronics and furniture and tools. My personal economy is quite stable.

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