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Congress made a substantial investment in the Veterans Benefits Management System that is still not functionally operational after six years. The cost overruns are due to poor VA oversight including numerous unplanned changes to the system and inefficient contracting, according to federal audits by the VA inspector general and the Government Accountability Office.   https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/va-requests-more-money-for-1-3-billion-non-functional-system/

Congress made a substantial investment in the Veterans Benefits Management System that is still not functionally operational after six years. The cost overruns are due to poor VA oversight including numerous unplanned changes to the system and inefficient contracting, according to federal audits by the VA inspector general and the Government Accountability Office. https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/va-requests-more-money-for-1-3-billion-non-functional-system/

The House cut a section of the benefits in February to pay for a massive veteran reform package and the Senate is now weighing whether to take up the measure. Rep Tom  Walz (D) MN suggested Congress instead cut bonuses to Department of Veterans Affairs employees, which have been mired in a scandal over wrongdoing for two years.    https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/cuts-proposed-to-post-911-g-i-bill/

Cuts Proposed To Post-911 G.I. Bill

The House cut a section of the benefits in February to pay for a massive veteran reform package and the Senate is now weighing whether to take up the measure. Rep Tom Walz (D) MN suggested Congress instead cut bonuses to Department of Veterans Affairs employees, which have been mired in a scandal over wrongdoing for two years. https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/cuts-proposed-to-post-911-g-i-bill/

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Jointness in defense planning and acquisition is supposed to save money by minimizing redundancy and duplication. The savings rarely materialize when the services try to develop common weapons.    https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/never-develop-another-joint-fighter/

Never Develop Another Joint Fighter

Never Develop Another Joint Fighter

Since 2002, Congress has appropriated more than $113 billion to reconstruct Afghanistan.  An amount that, when adjusted for inflation, exceeds total spending on the Marshall Plan that helped rebuild Western Europe after World War II. Despite all that money — and sometimes because of it — the problems have mounted.    https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/grim-picture-of-afghanistan-reconstruction/

Grim Picture of Afghanistan Reconstruction

Medal Honor recipient Clint Romesha opens up about the difficult task of writing about war. Based on dozens of interviews with the American soldiers who fought that day, the book is an opportunity for Romesha to make explicitly clear his Medal of Honor wasn’t earned alone.    https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/why-soldiers-go-to-war/

Why Soldiers Go To War

Medal Honor recipient Clint Romesha opens up about the difficult task of writing about war. Based on dozens of interviews with the American soldiers who fought that day, the book is an opportunity for Romesha to make explicitly clear his Medal of Honor wasn’t earned alone. https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/why-soldiers-go-to-war/

Twenty-five years ago this month, the conclusion of the First Gulf War inaugurated the post-Cold War global order. Twenty-five years later, it is time to revisit those legacies, as a guide to both understanding the past and producing better strategy going forward.    https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/the-long-shadow-of-the-gulf-war/

THE LONG SHADOW OF THE GULF WAR

Twenty-five years ago this month, the conclusion of the First Gulf War inaugurated the post-Cold War global order. Twenty-five years later, it is time to revisit those legacies, as a guide to both understanding the past and producing better strategy going forward. https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/the-long-shadow-of-the-gulf-war/

Weapons are never enough, nor are the billions of dollars being spent.  Winning “hearts and minds” is key because that is essential to social cohesion, to finding a common direction, to keeping the peace.     https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/the-secret-ingredient-for-peace/

The Secret Ingredient for Peace

Breaking open closed systems is never pleasant, but it must be done.  If nothing is done, Americans will be  horrified when they are surprised not by victory, but by defeat.   https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/war-makes-victorious-armies-stupid/

War Makes Victorious Armies Stupid

Moral responsibility calls for Americans to address the implications of their support for military action and intervention in Syria. We’re willing to bomb, but not provide refuge to those trying to escape from the bombing. What does that say about our national character?  https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/decorated-soldier-us-has-a-moral-responsibility-to-accept-syrian-refugees/

Decorated Soldier: “US Has A Moral Responsibility to Accept Syrian Refugees”

Decorated Soldier: “US Has A Moral Responsibility to Accept Syrian Refugees”

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