In a bid to pre-empt Republicans in Congress, President Clinton said recently that he will seek an additional $25 billion in defense spending over the next six years. But that won't avert a shootout over why the Pentagon is squandering money on civilian sporting events, executive jets and wild-horse roundups.
These are just a few examples of the budget-busting waste going on at the Defense Department. According to a recent study by the Congressional Research Service, the Pentagon over the past five years has plowed an estimated $52 billion into programs and projects that have no direct bearing on defense.Senate Armed Services Committee staffers have drafted a hit-list of expenditures that could be pared from the Pentagon budget in the next several years and reallocated for military readiness. They plan to press the case with the GOP leadership.