Rubio Wants Accountability for $7 Billion Pentagon Waste

Kevin Rutledge on January 07, 2016
The Defense Logistics Agency wasted $7 billion on things they didn't need. Senator Marco Rubio said, "We need accountability in every form of government. Whoever mismanaged that money will be fired."

On January 6, 2016, I asked Senator Marco Rubio a question about $7 billion wasted from the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency as reported in Politico: “How do you buy $7 billion of stuff you don’t need?”

I was standing in the back and didn’t have the opportunity to ask a question during the town hall meeting. While shaking hands afterwards, I recorded my question to Senator Rubio.

“Hello Senator, I recently read in Politico that the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency wasted $7 billion,” I said. “They wasted $7 billion on equipment that they didn’t need. So how would you prevent the military-industrial complex from mismanaging taxpayer dollars?”

“Well we need accountability in every form of government,” Rubio said. “Whoever mismanaged that money will be fired…. Any dollar we waste on defense is a dollar that isn’t defending us. But that’s not incompatible with rebuilding our military. We don’t have a trillion dollars to waste and that’s what cuts we are going to face over the next 10 years. And if someone is caught wasting the money or spending it the wrong way, the people in charge of that procurement will be fired. Alright, thank you.”

I bumped into a couple reporters with Associated Press and CBS News whom I’d met previously at Marco Rubio events and shared my interaction with them.

According to the Defense Logistics Agency's website, "The Defense Logistics Agency is the Department of Defense's largest logistics combat support agency, providing worldwide logistics support in both peacetime and wartime to the military services as well as several civilian agencies and foreign countries. DLA employs about 27,000 employees."

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Kevin Rutledge AFSC Governing Under the Influence Presidential Campaign Project

Kevin Rutledge is the Grassroots Education Coordinator with AFSC’s Presidential Campaign Project in Iowa.  Kevin has deep family roots in Quaker activism for peace and social justice.  A graduate from Iowa State University in Sociology and Criminal Justice, his previous work includes: United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) organizer, Public Citizen online organizer to overturn Citizens United, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, and a youth residential treatment facility.  Kevin hopes to one day return to Brazil and live by the beach.

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