The Nation: Overselling the Pentagon

Cost overruns are so familiar by now that they hardly raise eyebrows any more. Indeed, Mark Twain once described a congressional appropriation as nothing more than a nest egg to attract further appropriations. But even the most hardened observers of military-accounting practices could not resist a smile when the General Accounting Of ice revealed last week that the Pentagon, while proudly remaining within its handsome public-relations budget of $28 million a year, has actually been spending millions more on such p.r. projects as formation-flying teams, marching bands, military museums and base tours....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!