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Pentagon Suffering From Civilian 'Bloat'?


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.

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