Republicans Upset Over Pentagon's Tactic To Save Money | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Republicans Upset Over Pentagon's Tactic To Save Money

Play associated audio

The Pentagon is trying to save money by limiting the number of document pages it sends to Congress, and that's upsetting Republican lawmakers in the region.

Last week, in a classified briefing, Pentagon officials handed lawmakers 19 pages outlining China's military and any potential security threats, which local Republicans say was laughable. Last year that annual report was 51 pages longer.

The Pentagon says its aim is to keep reports at a mere 15 pages, which Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) says is unacceptable.

"If that's all they deliver, that's woefully inadequate, because our professional staff really needs much more information than that, or they cannot assist us in our constitutional obligation for oversight," he says. "This is insulting to our staff to give us just that little information."

The Pentagon says it's an effort to save money as it sends Congress more than 500 reports annually. That's not good enough for defense policy makers though, who are demanding more pages and more information from the military.


New Technology Immerses Audiences At Sundance Film Festival

From flying like a bird to walking through a refugee camp in Syria, virtual reality has enabled journalists, filmmakers and artists to immerse their audience in their stories like never before.

Sandwich Monday: Girl Scout Cookie Coffeemate

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Girl Scout Cookies in a new form. Coffeemate has somehow blended them into nondairy creamer, so you can start your day the disturbing way.
WAMU 88.5

Court Approves McDonnell's Request To Remain Free During Appeal

A federal appeals court is approving former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions.

Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

News last week that SkyMall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection inspired an outpouring of odes to the kitschy in-flight catalog.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.