Another historic milestone is going unnoticed by the Propaganda Machine that is the media. For the first time in Pentagon’s seventy-four years, the monolithic military headquarters will be undergoing an audit that, if history is any indication, will find trillions of dollars missing.
Back in 2001, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld revealed that according “to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions,” undertaken by the Pentagon, writes Zero Hedge.
Things do not seem to have gotten better fifteen years later, after an Inspector General Report said that the Pentagon not only had problems accounting for money, but men as well.
Another article by Zero Hedge reports that “America’s world-wide military presence is such that the Pentagon itself can’t track how many US service members are deployed where. A new bombshell article in Stars and Stripes military newspaper is non-ironically headlined, ‘Report: 44,000 ‘unknown’ military personnel stationed around the world’.”
President Trump, an exceptionally skilled business leader and organizer, has authorized 2,400 auditors from independent public accounting firms to audit the Army, Navy, Air Force, a practice that is now going to occur annually and be headed up by Pentagon comptroller David Norquist.
A former official at the Department of Homeland Security, Norquist assisted in handling that agencies audit last year and sees such financial oversight as “a matter of driving change inside a bureaucracy that may resist it.”
And resist, the Pentagon has. Ever since the 1980s, when revelations of massive over-spending were revealed, the Department of Defense has used political influence and convenient opportunities to put off audits.
The 2001 Rumsfeld revelation, Zero Hedge reports. was quickly forgotten when, the next day, the horrors of September 11th befell the nation.
In “2015, the Pentagon denied trying to shelve a study detailing $125 billion in waste created by a bloated employee counts for noncombat related work such as human resources, finance, health care management and property management.”
A year later, DoD analyst Franklin C. Spinney testified before Congress that the DOD had created an accounting mess with un-auditable books and budget projections which did not real world expectations.
If it is revealed that the Pentagon has either negligently or purposefully ‘lost’ track of trillions of dollars while our fighter jets are falling out of the skies and our brave men and women on the front lines of combat go without pay, the entire structure needs to be reformed from the ground up and heads need to roll.