Hearing on National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 and Oversight of Previously Authorized Programs, Before the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, Full Committee Hearing on Oversight and Reform of the Department of Defense '4th Estate,' April 18, 2018 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is the April 18, 2018 hearing on "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019," held before the House Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of William M. "Mac" Thornberry: "Over the years, Congress has focused most of our attention on the military services and on weapons and equipment, personnel, and policy issues. We have paid relatively little attention to the rest of DOD [Department of Defense] that makes up the 4th Estate; in fact, one expert has said the 4th Estate is untouched by human hands. Yet, this portion of the Department of Defense spends about 20 percent of the budget, includes about 25 percent of the civilian workforce, and hires about 600,000 contractors. As we are working to get more value for the taxpayer dollar, to get more resources into the hands of the warfighter faster, and to make the Department more agile and innovative in the face of the wide array of security challenges before us, we cannot neglect to examine this large portion of DOD." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Preston C. Dunlap and Peter Levine.
H.A.S.C. No. 115-104; House Armed Services Committee No. 115-104
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