New Air Force Planes Go From the Assembly Line to the ‘Boneyard’


posted on OCTOBER 11, 2013 ·

There are some Members of Congress who claim that the Pentagon doesn’t have enough money – even though the U.S. spends more on the Pentagon the next ten countries combined.

Then there’s the rest of us, who have heard a few too many stories like this:

BoneyardAccording to the Dayton Daily News, “A dozen nearly new C-27J Spartans from Ohio and elsewhere have already been taken out of service and shipped to the so-called boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Five more are expected to be built by April 2014, all of which are headed to the boneyard unless another use for them is found.”

Unfortunately, these stories are all too common, and demonstrate just how much waste can still be found at the Pentagon. Think of the good that could have been done with the $567 million we spent on these junked planes.

Now, we find out that defense hawks in the House of Representatives are urging their colleagues to focus the budget battle on giving the Pentagon more money, likely at the expense of vital social programs. It’s worth noting that after FY 2014 the Pentagon’s budget is going to rise for the next seven years, according to the Budget Control Act.

We’ll keep you posted about these and other efforts to increase wasteful Pentagon spending, so keep checking back with us. You can read the full C-27J story here.

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