According to a report by the Washington Post on Monday, a defense department study that proposed a $125 billion cut from the Pentagon budget was buried as rising concerns would give Congress a reason to slash even more defense spending.
The report was issued in January 2015, which signified a clear way for the Pentagon to save $125 billion over five years by further adjusting early retirements, reducing the use of contractors and utilizing information technology better, reported by the Post.
The Defensive Business Board, an advisory panel of corporate executes and consultants from McKinsey and Co was in charge of the study. Personnel and cost data were accounted for as the report disclosed that the Pentagon was spending a quarter of its $580 million budget on operations such as human resources, account, property management and logistics.
The Post reported that over a million people were working desk jobs in business operations while 1.3 million troops were on active duty. Desk job personnel had almost 300,000 uniformed personnel, almost 270,000 contractors and almost 450,000 civilian defense workers.
The study had been dismissed as the $125 billion savings proposal was labeled as “unrealistic”. Some Pentagon leaders were scared that identifying the spending as waste might encourage the White House to further investigate money saving options. The proposal was destroyed as the department imposed secrecy restrictions on the data and removed the report from its website.