Financial (Mis)management at the Pentagon

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On September 10, 2001, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Congress that waste in the Pentagon is "a matter of life and death." He said some estimates show "we cannot trace $2.3 trillion." Then came September 11. Though Pentagon waste is hardly news, a new study has business leaders dropping their jaws. They say the Defense Department's financial management would put any civilian company out of business. "No one is accountable"... and nobody cares. The US spends more on defense than the rest of the world combined, but nobody knows if GI's in Iraq receive the equipment they need or whether it's ever been paid for. Has the War on Terror replaced the war on waste? We hear from experts in international relations, a former national security advisor and two members of the House Government Reform Committee.
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American Forces Information Service on missing soldiers

Norland's MSNBC (audio) feature on finding missing soldiers

Defense Department and Pentagon

---Financial Management in the Department of Defense: No One is Accountable'

Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cautions North Korea against missile launch

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill on NPR's Morning Edition



Warren Olney