Danielle Brian, the executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, highlights the reasons why our Pentagon budget is so bloated in this Burning Issues segment.
One simple answer: It's politics. The way the Pentagon procures weapons favors corporate contractors and incentivizes overspending, Brian says. So does the spreading of a single weapons project across a number of congressional districts in order to earn the support of particular members of Congress. Finally, the revolving door between Pentagon officials and the defense industry is a built-in disincentive for government officials to be tough on their potential future employers.
Brian calls for changing this system, and points to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' call for an audit of the Pentagon as a place to start.