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Not a Joke: Government Issues Study of a Study About Studies

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon was inundated with so many studies in 2010 that it commissioned a study to determine how much it costs to produce all those studies. Now the Government’s Accounting Office (GAO) has reviewed the Pentagon’s study and concluded in a report this week that it’s a flop.

The study of a study of studies began in 2010 when Defense Secretary Robert Gates complained that his department was “awash in taskings for reports and studies.” He wanted to know how much they cost.

Two years later, the Pentagon review is still continuing, which prompted Congress to ask the GAO to look over the Pentagon’s shoulder. What they found lacked military precision.

The GAO found only nine studies that had been scrutinized by the Pentagon review, but the military was unable to “readily retrieve documentation” for six of the reports.

The Department of Defense’s “approach is not fully consistent with relevant cost estimating best practices and cost accounting standards,” the GAO concluded. In fact, they often did not include items like manpower, the report found.

The Pentagon “partially concurs” with the GAO’s report.

The cost of the study about the study of studies was not immediately available from the GAO.

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Pentagon to Take Military Action Against Cyber Attacks?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hacker attacks have become more widespread and damaging lately, enough so that the government is considering stepping in and taking military action.

According to the Wall Street Journal, some top officials at the Pentagon are now calling computer sabotage an act of war, and are considering using military force as one way to respond to the malicious attacks against the U.S.  Doing so may warn potential adversaries about hacking.

Internet security lawyer Parry Aftab says there's no such thing as a harmless cyber attack.

"Everything on the Internet belongs to someone," he says.

Businesses also stand to lose a lot if hacked and have been at the center of the most recent breaches.  Defense contractor Lockheed Martin and broadcaster PBS were the latest victims of cyber break-ins this past weekend.  Prior to that, Sony's PlayStation network was hacked, compromising the accounts of more than 100 million customers.

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Pentagon Stops Work on Jet Engine, Calls It 'Waste of Money'

General Electric(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon has issued a stop work order for a controversial second engine for a futuristic jet fighter, calling the engine, which has already cost billions, a "waste of taxpayer money" – but General Electric has vowed to press forward with development using its own funds.

The Joint Strike Fighter already has an engine, developed by Pratt-Whitney. In a statement, the Department of Defense cited its own opposition as well as opposition from President Obama as reasons to stop work on the alternate engine, which is being built at a GE plant outside Cincinnati: "In our view, it is a waste of taxpayer money that can be used to fund higher Departmental priorities and should be ended now."

The statement also cited the House of Representatives' recent vote to eliminate funding for the engine as a reason to halt work. "In light of these recent events, Congressional prerogatives, and the administration's view of the program, we have concluded that a stop work order is now the correct course," it said.

The stop work order is in effect for 90 days, "pending final resolution of the program."

In a statement posted on its corporate website, GE accused the Department of Defense of taking "unilateral action before Congress has completed its work on the fiscal year 2011 budget" and said, "We will not walk away from a $3 billion taxpayer investment."

"We are not deterred by this decision," said the statement. "We feel so strongly about this issue, as do our Congressional supporters, that we will, consistent with the stop work directive, self-fund the F136 program through this 90-day stop work period."

GE has taken a never-say-die approach to the engine. GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt wrote a note to aviation workers after the February House vote to stop funding that said, "GE will continue to press our case in the U.S. Senate and elsewhere."

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