On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
The Defense Department's civilian workforce, which currently numbers around 750,000, is an example of the "bureaucratic bloat" the government has undergone in defense and intelligence since the 9/11 attacks, former Navy Secretary John Lehman said on Wednesday at a panel discussion by former members of the 9/11 Commission.
When the department was created in 1947, he told the audience at the Bipartisan Policy Center with a touch of nostalgia, the Office of the Defense Secretary was envisioned with a modest 50 employees.
Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.
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