The Secretary of the Army is forming a commission as “the Pentagon looks to trim more fat from its budget.”
[Secretary of the Army John] McHugh, who announced the commission on Monday, said the Institutional Army Transformation Commission will build on the work of a short-term task force he created earlier this year to cut unnecessary overhead from the Army’s accounts.
The commission, which will be in place for three years, will implement changes already identified by the task force and identify new opportunities for cost savings.
So let me synopsize: in order to trim fat, the secretary is taking excess overhead (or adding overhead) to perform a new task for an outcome he would appear to have executive control over. Is that about right?
This situation is reminiscent of step one of the rule of thumb regarding defense cuts: study it with an electron-microscope.