14 Cost-Cutting Strategies That Feed Big Spending at Defense

As I look back through many years of military, defense contractor and civilian service, I am struck by the lack of documentation on all the things we have done to keep our defense budget big and growing every year. Particularly hard to find are lessons learned from strategies that have simultaneously driven higher costs and lowered productivity. Our success at increasing the tail-to-tooth ratio seems to be an unintentional event.

Here are some examples of some cost-saving approaches and their unintended effects:

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