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Topics: Government, Risk Management, Sustainability
"Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste"
"The missed opportunity to streamline the military bureaucracy could soon have large ramifications. Under the 2011 Budget Control Act, the Pentagon will be forced to stomach $113 billion in automatic cuts over four years unless Congress and Trump can agree on a long-term spending deal by October. Playing a key role in negotiations will probably be Trump’s choice for defense secretary, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis."

Do you think Project Management will be able to solve issues like this? I have been watching many PMI webinars about PM's in the Government and I think it will help solve problems such as this.

Any other opinions or statistics?
Hard to say, but I'd venture to say "no" because:
1) Bureaucracy does not follow the normal rules of business or nature.
2) The article mentions that similar efforts have been tried in the past, and all have died. It's like having a high project sponsor turnover rate and having to re-initiate your project over and over again.
3) This deals with political difficulties, which requires something more like witchcraft than project management skills to overcome.

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