Sequestration would force the government to reduce discretionary spending by about $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Roughly half of that, or $600 billion, would come from defense -- a...
"Outside service contracts", if done properly, will save money. The key is to determine if the work being contracted is work that must be done. If the answer is yes, you then determine if it is essential to have that work done by military personnel. If the answer is no, you determine what it will cost to do the work with in-house civilian employees. Then you put the work out to bid to see if an "ouside service contractor" can do the work for less money. If the answer is yes, you hire the contractor. It's really that simple.
Republicans, and many Democrats, are upset by the prospect of so-called sequestration cuts to the nation's defense budget. Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is so alarmed that the day before the Senate took up what became the "fiscal cliff" agreement, he called a key Republican lawmaker, Sen. Lindsey Graham, to express deep concern that the cuts might go into effect. As it turned out, Congress put them off for two months.
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