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Coburn report on Pentagon waste

Coburn report on Pentagon waste

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Published by Lachlan Markay
Report from Sen. Tom Coburn detailing waste in the Defense Department.
Report from Sen. Tom Coburn detailing waste in the Defense Department.

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Published by: Lachlan Markay on Nov 15, 2012
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Department OF
EVERYTHING
Senator Tom A. Coburn, M.D.
 
November 2012
 
Mission Task List:
 
Defend nation Run grocery stores Teach kindergartners Brew beer & make beef jerky Build windmills Study flying dinosaurs 
 
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Table of Contents
 
Department of Everything ................................................................................................................................ 4
 
Research and Development
.......................................................................................................................... 11
 
Duplication and Lack of Coordination Means Taxpayers Can Pay Twice or Three Times forthe Exact Same Research ............................................................................................................................. 13
 
Bomb Detector Developed by the Family Business of the Agency Director Less Effective than“a Coin Flip” in Spotting Homemade Explosives .................................................................................. 15
 
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before… ................................................................................. 16
 
‘Koo’ Use of Slang in Twitter Messages Reveals ‘Suttin’ ..................................................................... 19
 
Is It Time for a Coffee Break? There’s an App for That! ..................................................................... 20
 
Pentagon Researchers Study Fish to Determine if Ignorance Can Save Democracy .................... 21
 
Pentagon Raids Weapons Program to Develop Beef Jerky Roll-ups ............................................... 22
 
Perception of Size Matters: Guys with Guns Appear Bigger, Stronger and More Masculine . 25
 
Close Encounters and Space Weather .................................................................................................... 26
 
DOD Hunts Ten Red Balloons .................................................................................................................. 30
 
Robots as Childrens’ Playmates ................................................................................................................. 31
 
First Bird Likely Had Black Feathers, Air Force Research Concludes ........................................... 34
 
The Science of Storytelling ......................................................................................................................... 35
 
Medical Research
............................................................................................................................................ 37
 
Washington Lobbyists and Politicians Use Defense Budget as a Trojan Horse for PoliticalPork .................................................................................................................................................................. 38
 
Congressionally Directed DOD Medical Research Duplicates the Mission of Other FederalAgencies and May Result in Inefficient and Unnecessary Spending .............................................. 43
 
Dramatic Increases In Federal Medical Research Spending Makes Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs at the Pentagon Unnecessary ............................................................... 45
 
Education
........................................................................................................................................................... 48
 
Case Study – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Virginia ..................................................... 49
 
Energy
.................................................................................................................................................................. 53
 
College Tuition Assistance
........................................................................................................................... 62
 
Grocery Stores
.................................................................................................................................................. 66
 
Overhead, Support, and Supply
................................................................................................................ 69
 
Conclusion
......................................................................................................................................................... 72
 

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