From DOD’s regular news briefing. Usually pretty boring, but some relatively weird stuff in this one.
First, streamlining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the comptroller has eliminated duplicative financial reporting functions, and our CIO reduced reliance on service support contractors as part of an estimated FY ’12 savings of $17 million. The Air Force now uses commercial flight-planning software to make real-time flight adjustments, for an estimated FY ’12 savings of $45 million. The Navy is consolidating wireless contracts to leverage buying power and make best use of minutes, for an estimated FY ’12 savings of $10 million. The Army is streamlining installation management and decreasing the number of regional headquarters from six to four, for an estimated FY ’12 savings of $9 million. And lastly, we have completed elimination of Joint Forces Command last September, for an estimated FY ’12 savings of $292 million.
Kind of reads like the Navy signed up for Friends and Family, saved as much money as the Army did by getting rid of two regional headquarters.
Other highlights include a lot of intentional vagueness regarding Russia and Syria, the allegations that LTG Caldwell obstructed an inquiry over abuses at an Afghan hopsital to help the President’s re-election campaign, and how many troops we have in Kuwait.