The Military: Under Every Rock

Beset by a constant barrage of disclosures about horrific waste, the Pentagon is struggling to get a tighter control over spending practices. Last week the Defense Department's inspector general, Joseph Sherick, pointed out that over the past three years his office had conducted 59,000 internal audits, potentially saving the Government $6.1 billion. Many of the most blatant examples of waste and cost overruns cited by the press and Congress, Sherick insisted, had actually been ferreted out by his team of 19,000 auditors.

One such investigation uncovered by Pentagon auditors that came to light last week: because of inflated cost...

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