And Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) wants the Pentagon to cut it out. Coburn said Thursday, DoD will spend almost $68 billion on non-military goods and services over the next 10 years. Some recent examples include a smartphone app to help military members manage their caffeine intake and the sponsorship of a workshop by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency called the 100 Year Starship project, which included a session called, "Did Jesus die for Klingons too?"
Coburn released a new report, called The Department of Everything, in an attempt to shine light on what he calls wasteful spending during a time of ever-tightening budgets.
Coburn identified five areas that he said had nothing to do with national security yet represent a significant chunk of the annual $600 billion-plus Pentagon budget:
- Non-military research and development: $6 billion.
- Education, specifically on schools on military bases: $10.7 billion.
- Tuition assistance that mirrors a benefit from the Veterans Affairs Department: $4.5 billion.
- Grocery stores on military bases run by the DoD: $9 billion.
- More than 300,000 military members performing civilian jobs and numerous general officers: $37 billion.
Coburn said every area across DoD must be reviewed, analyzed and decided if it is something that is core to the military's mission.
-Jason Miller, FederalNewsRadio.com