Scandals And Setbacks Rocked The US Military This WeekSubmitted by go213mph on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 07:00
Here's the breakdown:
— The top general in Africa was fired following revelations about alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct (sound familiar?). This is the second general in the AFRICOM command to get the axe. The first was Army General William Ward who spent a boatload of tax payer money on lavish trips.
Of course, the announcement of his axing came on Friday, not unlike the Petraeus scandal.
— The Congressional Budget Office recommended canceling the Army's coveted Ground Combat Vehicle due to excessive costs. Their report, issued April 2, noted that there were several less expensive routes the Army could take without any loss in readiness.
The program was projected to cost $29 billion which, consequently, is what it costs to run the entire Marine Corps for one year.
— The FBI caught the self dubbed "Godfather of Camp Pendleton," a Department of Defense employee who managed construction contracts on base, April 1 trying to fix contracts for kickbacks.
The FBI and prosecutors say the Godfather was providing this kind of service dating back to 2008, but have yet to reveal the total take in bribe money.
— Monday also opened with expectations for a judgement on a recent Veterans Association probe. The probe aimed at finding out why $42 million in awards had been "fragmented" into amounts of $25,000 or less.