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The Pentagon cannot report on how trillions of dollars were spent

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The Pentagon cannot report on how trillions of dollars were spentThe Pentagon in recent years has spent no one knows where trillions of dollars. According to the auditors, we are talking at least about the inability to calculate their own expenses, but embezzlement and corruption are not excluded. Holes in the budget "shut up" with the help of banal additions, follows from the investigation.


The journalistic investigation conducted by Reuters revealed the Pentagon’s inability to manage its own expenses and internal accounting. “Because of its unpredictable attitude to numbers, the Pentagon remains the only state structure that does not comply with the law on annual state listening,” the investigation says.

“This means that 8,5 trillions of dollars owned by taxpayers and allocated by Congress from 1996 of the year have not been taken into account. This amount exceeds the total value of the entire Chinese economy for that year, ”the newspaper notes.

According to a source from the US Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), which is responsible for depositing amounts in the general statements, the military did not provide clear monthly reports on the money spent. Although DFAS specialists contacted relevant personnel to find accurate data, a significant part of them remained a mystery.

After that, employees were forced to enter into the report simply false numbers or so-called gags, which fully corresponded to what they wanted to see in the US Treasury. “Very often there were problems with inaccurate amounts,” former DFAS employee Linda Woodford told Reuters. “We didn’t have any details about these amounts, so many of them.”

Based on the fact that the use of “reporting plugs” was a standard procedure for DFAS, the agency concluded that it was “impossible to determine” which part of the 565 billions of dollars that Congress sent to the Pentagon through the budget in the 2012 year was spent exactly as it was intended initially

The inability of the Pentagon to calculate its own expenditures became the reason for the wholesale purchase of unnecessary equipment and the accumulation of equipment with an expired use period that flooded the warehouses. Huge sums are also made by unaudited contracts with private companies.

It was not only the country's budget that suffered from these expenses; in the period between 2003 and 2011, the army missed almost 6 billion dollars in equipment. Ultimately, this was reflected in the fact that some units did not receive the equipment necessary to conduct full-fledged exercises. For comparison: the entire budget of the Pentagon this year is 633,3 billion dollars. In the 1996, the Pentagon’s budget project only pledged an amount in 246 billion dollars.

The problems of the Pentagon are aggravated by the fact that he spent tens of billions of dollars on upgrading his systems, but at the same time almost nothing can be presented as evidence of real changes. The Air Force set about creating a new, expensive tracking system back in 2005, and only a year ago discovered that it was not working. In a statement, the leadership of the Air Force indicated that they needed a little more than 1 billion to complete the program by the year of 2020.

Although Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel refrained from commenting on this situation, in August 2013 he made a video message to the Pentagon, stating: “The Ministry of Defense is the only federal service that has not yet submitted financial statements ready for audit, as required by law. It is unacceptable".

Some lawmakers are also starting to lose patience. Senators Tom Coburn (Republican of Oklahoma) and Joe Manchin (Democrat of West Virginia) presented a bill restricting funding for new programs and imposing a ban on the purchase of new information technologies in the event that the Pentagon is not ready for an audit by 2017 year. It will also prevent the Pentagon from acquiring new information technologies that require more than three years to be implemented.

Vadim Kozyulin, Professor of the Academy of Military Sciences, Director of the Project on Conventional Armaments and the PIR Center ATC, notes that such questions are raised not for the first time. “Every time, especially during serious cost campaigns, the public begins to consider the costs of the military, as far as they are reasonably carried out. Any golden toilet bowls are detected, the simplest military equipment, which is estimated at fantastic amounts, ”Kozyulin told the VIEW newspaper.

The expert stressed that the military department does not generate income, so it’s difficult for him to limit himself and need an external body that does this. “Such a problem is natural not only for the United States, but also for other countries, including Russia,” Kozyulin said.

According to him, in the USA it has repeatedly been found that military equipment turned out to be more expensive than the initial estimate. "In the same Iraq, it is still unknown where 100 lost thousands of small units weapons. This suggests that the military not only money, but also the equipment itself is poorly taken into account. I am not talking about the colossal costs in Afghanistan. Very little efficiency. This is not so much connected with military spending, as with the ability to bring the situation under control, defeat corruption and adequately assess the needs of the United States, ”the expert noted.

Meanwhile in Russia

It is worth noting that the publication does not hint at specific facts of the theft committed by employees of the American defense ministry, questioning not their honesty, but rather their professionalism and sense of proportion.

Recall that in Russia are also investigated violations related to the budget of the Ministry of Defense when he was Minister Anatoly Serdyukov. His subordinates are accused of multimillion frauds associated with the sale of non-core military assets.

The damage inflicted on the state by the activities of the former leaders of the Ministry of Defense estimates the result at about 5 billion rubles, while Russia's military budget in 2012 amounted to 1,6 trillion rubles. The defendants themselves deny their guilt. So, Evgenia Vasilyeva, the former head of the department of property relations of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, in her open letter, states that all transactions were carried out in the “order established by law”.

According to Kozyulin, “there were also problems with the control of military expenses in Russia,” and Anatoly Serdyukov undertook to solve them. “It seems that it was not always successful. But something went with him. He toughly entered into conflict with the defense industry, trying to lower prices, but there were serious excesses. Parallels with the United States suggests themselves. Having received enormous powers in possession of state property, Oboronservis went out of state control, and the result is not yet fully known, but preliminary information is depressing. Everything suggests that the military department always needs tight control. Otherwise, it becomes too costly and inefficient, ”Vadim Kozyulin is sure.
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  1. xetai9977
    xetai9977 21 November 2013 11: 34
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    Tools for the Armed Forces, unfortunately like a magnet, attract thieves and embezzlers of all stripes in all countries of the world almost without exception ...
    1. Canep
      Canep 21 November 2013 11: 39
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      Serdyukov and Vasilyeva smoke aside on the background of such a cut of dough, They don’t have the mind to concoct even a fake report, and no one is particularly afraid of landings.
      1. avant-garde
        avant-garde 21 November 2013 12: 01
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        Quote: Canep
        Serdyukov and Vasilyeva smoke aside on the background of such a cut of dough, They don’t have the mind to concoct even a fake report, and no one is particularly afraid of landings.

        Do not you think this is a strange coincidence of these two Thieves do not plant, and in the Pentagon loot disappears.
        1. knn54
          knn54 21 November 2013 21: 32
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          -avant-garde: Doesn’t this seem like a strange coincidence for these two THESE people?
          Gates and Serdyukov decided to meet more often
          WASHINGTON, Sep 16 (2010) - RIA Novosti. The military reforms in the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the United States are in many ways similar, they are painful, but necessary. This conclusion was made by the defense ministers of the two countries Anatoly Serdyukov and Robert Gates at the talks held on Wednesday at the Pentagon.
          It turns out they shared their experience on the Derban budget funds ...
          Another thing is interesting - if taxes had been paid from the stolen goods, no one would have made a noise.
          PS The Pentagon to award the Order of Merit to the Fatherland III degree (joke).
      2. Grandson of Veteran
        Grandson of Veteran 21 November 2013 12: 14
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        "It is worth noting that the publication does not hint at specific facts of thefts committed by US defense officials, questioning not their honesty, but rather their professionalism and sense of proportion."
        Well of course, thieves are found only in Russia! In the USA there are only slightly unprofessional managers and military men who do not know the measures. And so they have everything BEST.
        "They pee in their eyes, and they are God's dew!" hi
        1. Ascetic
          Ascetic 21 November 2013 14: 12
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          Quote: Veteran's grandson
          In the USA there are only slightly unprofessional managers and military men who do not know the measures. And so they have everything BEST.


          Can an exclusive nation consist of thieves? This is the collapse of the whole American dream and a society of equal opportunities. It is only in the totalitarian Evil Empire-Russia that are all crooks and thieves, and in the Empire of Good, they are just ineffective managers who make mistakes. After all, even the chosen ones tend to make mistakes sometimes.
      3. Ezhaak
        Ezhaak 21 November 2013 12: 53
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        Quote: Canep
        Serdyukov and Vasilyeva smoking aside on the background of such a dough cut,

        Quote: article
        the publication does not hint at specific facts of theft committed by employees of the US defense department, casting doubt on their honesty, but rather professionalism and a sense of proportion.


        In questioning their honesty, one cannot fail to note their professionalism and sense of measure! laughing
      4. AVV
        AVV 21 November 2013 14: 45
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        So, we are not the ones who saw the military budget, it would be good if they showed their skills at logging !!! And then Taburetkin found himself, not a dusty job, and even in a state institution !!! And a friend in a law office! But it shouldn’t be so, thieves should be in prison !!!
    2. w.ebdo.g
      w.ebdo.g 21 November 2013 18: 32
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      that's where the pentagon’s money is spent.
      in Ukraine, after Yanukovych did not want to join the eurozone, the Americans were muddied by preparations for the revolution according to the scenario of Syria ...
      if this is not prevented, then there will be TROUBLE !!!!
      forgive the moderators for repeating the video, but the topic is important!

  2. Volodya Sibiryak
    Volodya Sibiryak 21 November 2013 11: 34
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    Our embezzlers still have to study and learn from their overseas colleagues.
    1. crambol
      crambol 21 November 2013 15: 41
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      I would not say!
  3. SmacXnumx
    SmacXnumx 21 November 2013 11: 37
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    A little chicken pecking.
  4. svp67
    svp67 21 November 2013 11: 44
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    the investigation revealed the Pentagon’s inability to manage its own spending and internal accounting. “Because of its unpredictable attitude to numbers, the Pentagon remains the only state agency that does not comply with the law on annual state auditing,” the investigation said.
    Here at the expense of "inability" I would have doubted, most likely here they clearly have someone "confusing public wool with personal" ...
  5. Russ69
    Russ69 21 November 2013 11: 52
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    I do not believe!!! But what about the liberal-all-pro-country dogma that they steal only in Russia? .... smile
  6. ziqzaq
    ziqzaq 21 November 2013 12: 10
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    Urgently send Serdyukov and Vasilyeva to the Pentagon to improve their "qualifications" .....
    After the internship is over, do not let them go back .......
  7. zeka102
    zeka102 21 November 2013 12: 12
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    And they tell us that corruption is rampant in our country ?!
  8. Averias
    Averias 21 November 2013 12: 13
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    I have already written several times that the Pentagon + DARPA + Lockheed Martin + a bunch of private arms companies = cut a universal scale. Serdyukov is an "unreasonable child" compared to the aces from the Pentagon. They have all the top staff of the Pentagon corrupt. The states themselves are not afraid to talk about this openly. Housing, the car, the property of which they own, is fabulous. And for them (the Pentagon) everything is not enough, everything is pulled and pulled by the grandmother.
    The recent case of special forces silencers is a prime example. And about DARPA, it's a separate "song" altogether. So many absurd projects, on which they "mastered" astronomical sums, cannot be counted. For the most part, even the prototypes did not work in the slightest degree. After a certain period of time, another ephemeral project was closed with a verdict as not promising.

    As they say - To climb ALL and EVERYWHERE.
  9. nazgul-ishe
    nazgul-ishe 21 November 2013 12: 53
    +1
    Big budget, big rollback.
  10. ZU-23
    ZU-23 21 November 2013 13: 30
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    It is necessary to solve something with these bucks, otherwise they are even specially printed for corruption and there is no fight against this.
  11. Andrew 447
    Andrew 447 21 November 2013 14: 11
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    To be honest, I don’t give a damn how much money the Pentagon-FRS has cut, it’s still printing. And the Russian Defense Ministry spends our money with you and spends on our defense, and I do not care how it is spent. I believe that the Accounts Chamber should check the Defense Ministry annually and publish reports on verification results.
  12. Horla
    Horla 21 November 2013 14: 11
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    Probably the emigration of the "best" people from Russia began to affect. Serdyukova and Vasilyeva would still be there.
    1. Yarik
      Yarik 21 November 2013 20: 21
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      They wouldn’t be allowed to scrub them there laughing , based on "16 reasons for pessimism" on the next branch
  13. Cebro
    Cebro 21 November 2013 14: 29
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    Quote: Ascetic
    Quote: Veteran's grandson
    In the USA there are only slightly unprofessional managers and military men who do not know the measures. And so they have everything BEST.


    Can an exclusive nation consist of thieves? This is the collapse of the whole American dream and a society of equal opportunities. It is only in the totalitarian Evil Empire-Russia that are all crooks and thieves, and in the Empire of Good, they are just ineffective managers who make mistakes. After all, even the chosen ones tend to make mistakes sometimes.

    In an exclusive nation there can only be exceptional thieves)
  14. Ivanovich47
    Ivanovich47 21 November 2013 15: 03
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    It turns out that the concept of embezzlement is not alien to American soldiers. True, the scale is not the same. Our embezzlers-corrupt officials need to "learn a little" in the robbery of their native state. But America will reward its "heroes" in full, as they deserve. And in Russia everything is quiet and peaceful.
    1. Ivanovich47
      Ivanovich47 21 November 2013 16: 55
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      Serdyukov’s case lives and wins!
  15. crambol
    crambol 21 November 2013 15: 44
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    the investigation revealed the Pentagon’s inability to manage its own spending and internal accounting.

    But wouldn’t we send our supporters - stool specialists? They vividly clean the entire Pentagon budget!
  16. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 21 November 2013 16: 18
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    Unfortunately, this cannot be eradicated. The very nature of the subject, as it were, obliges ... Auditors are simply unable to identify a huge part of the purchased equipment and provided services. Even those in uniform. You need education at the level of the General Staff Academy to be aware of at least the main directions. But this is not enough either. Civilian example - everyone saw the exit sign near the door, right? Well, the board that you saw costs 170 rubles on average. But if its name contains one more letter (as a rule, it is the letter B), it costs already ... 18 rubles. Not a bad difference, right?
    And I'm talking about honest work, because a healthy fool in a molten explosion-proof housing with an intrinsically safe circuit really costs so much. But, breaking into the trough of the state defense order, not everyone behaves honestly, but to catch them very, very ...
    In general, the budget deficit? Hire independent auditors on simple terms - to find and prove the facts of theft. Got a serious amount of money? Get let's say one-fiftieth. Pay honestly. To conclude a contract with them for no more than a year, to hire specialists and specialized industries. The specialist will not find the thief, this is not his job. But the very fact of theft, which means the end of long-term losses - with a probability close to 100%! (Those who want to understand can google "construction of Rogervik harbor").
    If the auditors really pay, and provide effective protection (they will try to kill them three times a day) - any country with a military budget at all will receive huge, colossal savings. Thousands of times the cost of auditing, protection, etc. etc. The same SGA could even go into surplus. In addition, auditors from specialized industries could simultaneously establish the work of many currently dead projects ... in general, the topic is huge.
    The problem is that this would bring tremendous benefits to the COUNTRY. But thousands of its individual officials (someone doubts that contractors and 10% do not get stolen?) Will suffer very, very much ... In general, my dreams are in vain.
  17. NEXUS
    NEXUS 21 November 2013 16: 26
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    Quote: Canep
    Serdyukov and Vasilyeva smoke aside on the background of such a cut of dough, They don’t have the mind to concoct even a fake report, and no one is particularly afraid of landings.

    maybe you’re right ... even, I think, most likely they are right ... but ... I don’t think that’s the point ... is it possible for the Pentagon to know how much the toilet costs ... they were given 20000 dollars in the budget, they requested)))) ... and no one cares ... and where this money went does not bother anyone ... about nano-development and the latest weapons, I generally will not say anything ... in any state, such are the water companies, this is 5 convoy ... they steal, but we feel good ... ours steal, they say thanks to Serdyukov and others like them.
  18. APASUS
    APASUS 21 November 2013 21: 08
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    The Pentagon does not earn this money, but receives it directly from the printing press! Billion more, a billion less - it does not matter !!!
  19. prophetic
    prophetic 21 November 2013 21: 45
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    why report for candy wrappers?
  20. Yuri Y.
    Yuri Y. 21 November 2013 22: 10
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    The journalistic investigation conducted by Reuters revealed the Pentagon’s inability to manage its own expenses and internal accounting. “Because of its unpredictable attitude to numbers, the Pentagon remains the only state structure that does not comply with the law on annual state listening,” the investigation says.

    It is easy to believe, in case of failure to comply with the law on state auditing, on an unpredictable attitude to numbers. But I do not believe in the inability of people from the Pentagon to manage their own spending and internal accounting. A subtle hint of thick circumstances.
  21. 1goose3
    1goose3 21 November 2013 22: 58
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    Quote: Volodya Sibiryak
    Our embezzlers still have to study and learn from their overseas colleagues.


    Volodya, you have beguiled something. The opposite is true. Until our grabbers became their own in the West, it never even occurred to them. Well, like Zadornov, it never occurred to them to drown a cutlet in soup. They reap what they sowed by the collapse of the USSR, stimulating "", which today "inherits" the Union billions and ....
  22. baku1999
    baku1999 22 November 2013 01: 33
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    IN A NOISE HOLIDAY, crooks, thugs, thieves of all the masters love to gather, who came to fight, who earned money, who came to listen, FRESH NEWS ........................ ...........
  23. shuhartred
    shuhartred 22 November 2013 02: 13
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    Why are you all surprised? Cut the budget, especially the military, even in Ancient Egypt was. Do you know why there are only three pyramids? Because the rest of the loot was sawn on the project of a new war chariot with an increased flight range. People are always and everywhere the same.
  24. Ross
    Ross 22 November 2013 11: 20
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    Quote: xetai9977
    Tools for the Armed Forces, unfortunately like a magnet, attract thieves and embezzlers of all stripes in all countries of the world almost without exception ...

    Everything is more complicated here. In the United States, shadow military programs are often funded in this way.
  25. darksoul
    darksoul 22 November 2013 21: 47
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    Here you need to tear over the ocean for advice to our officials .... these capable ones will help put everything on the shelves, and the country should remain laughing