WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says
ineffective cost controls in Pentagon programs could lead to
Adm. Mike Mullen says the military cannot afford continued cost
overruns and is hinting that some weapons systems may be cut or
scaled back under President-elect Barack Obama.
The top U.S. military officer says he's "obviously discouraged
by the lack of cost control" in many Pentagon programs.
He says the only answer is to "get a grip on that." He says
the alternative might be not buying certain programs or not being
able to buy the quantities needed.
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Mullen says Obama and
Defense Secretary Robert Gates plan "to take a very, very intense,
focused, comprehensive view" at what the Pentagon is buying.
Mullen says that's healthy.