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GAO: Cost of COCOM Staffs Doubled in Five Years

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cocom_mapThe following is an excert from the executive summary of a May Government Accountability Office report on support personnel to the Department of Defense’s Unified Combatant Commands:

GAO’s analysis of resources devoted to the Department of Defense’s (DOD) geographic combatant commands shows that authorized military and civilian positions and mission and headquarters-support costs have grown considerably over the last decade due to the addition of two new commands and increases in authorized positions at theater special operations commands. Data provided by the commands shows that authorized military and civilian positions increased by about 50 percent from fiscal years 2001 through 2012, to about 10,100 authorized positions. In addition, mission and headquarters support-costs at the combatant commands more than doubled from fiscal years 2007 through 2012, to about $1.1 billion.

  • GIMPGIMP

    News flash. COCOMs waste as much money as they can get their hands on as fast as they can and then ask for more.

    They’ll never stop unless forced to, and then they’ll fight to the bitter end.

    These people have O-6s carrying their briefcases and keeping their coffee cups full. They have active duty people mowing their lawns, picking up their dry cleaning, and taking orders from their wives. They use US government resources as their own.

    Don’t think for a minute they’ll ever stop burning through as many resources as they can get their hands on, as fast as they can, and then asking for more without being forced to from above. It’s possible that our inability to win wars is directly attributable to the characteristics that define this particular group. Entitled, greedy, selfish, spendthrifts with themselves as their primary concern.

    This is news? Funny, everyone else seems to know about it. Former Secretary of Defense Gates tried to do something about it, but you see how far he got. He’s long gone but they’re still around.