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The 15 Most Absurd Ways The Pentagon Is Spending Money

Last year, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a report detailing where the The Department of Defense could save $67.9 billion over ten years in “non defense” spending.

Last year, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a report detailing where the The Department of Defense could save $67.9 billion over ten years in "non defense" spending.

1. $9 Billion is spent each year on Pentagon-run grocery stores here in the United States.

$9 Billion is spent each year on Pentagon-run grocery stores here in the United States.

2. The Pentagon also runs its own subsidized liquor stores on bases across the country.

The Pentagon also runs its own subsidized liquor stores on bases across the country.

The Pentagon runs its own microbreweries.

The Pentagon runs its own microbreweries.

Here is one in Fort Sill Oklahoma.

Here is one in Fort Sill Oklahoma.

3. The Department of Defense (DoD) funded research examining what the behavior of fish can teach us about democracy.

The Department of Defense (DoD) funded research examining what the behavior of fish can teach us about democracy.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

4. The Department of Defense funded development of a smart phone app to alert users when to take a coffee break.

The Department of Defense funded development of a smart phone app to alert users when to take a coffee break.

5. The Department of Defense funded research examining how to make silk production from wild cocoons in Africa and South America.

The Department of Defense funded research examining how to make silk production from wild cocoons in Africa and South America.

6. The Department of Defense Funded a study that concluded people in New York use different jargon on Twitter than those living in California.

The Department of Defense Funded a study that concluded people in New York use different jargon on Twitter than those living in California.

7. Eight fulltime DoD employees serve on Board of Geographic Names, in charge of naming streams, mountains, hills, and plains across the United States.

Eight fulltime DoD employees serve on Board of Geographic Names, in charge of naming streams, mountains, hills, and plains across the United States.

8. The Department of Defense funded reality cooking show called Grill it Safe featuring two “Grill Sergeants” who performed a 46-minute cooking video.

Upon watching most of this video Buzzfeed has concluded that the Pentagon should not get into the entertainment industry.

9. The Department of Defense funded beef jerky development.

The Department of Defense funded beef jerky development.

Specifically, the project aimed at making “thin, rolled up” beef jerky, as seen in the research photos below.

Specifically, the project aimed at making "thin, rolled up" beef jerky, as seen in the research photos below.

10. The Department of Defense funded research examining the social interaction between robots and babies.

The Department of Defense funded research examining the social interaction between robots and babies.

11. The Department of Defense has spent over $1,000,000 on workshops studying interstellar space travel.

The Department of Defense has spent over $1,000,000 on workshops studying interstellar space travel.

These conferences asked important national security questions, such as: “What will interstellar explorers wear?”

These conferences asked important national security questions, such as: "What will interstellar explorers wear?”

And (seriously): “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?”

And (seriously): “Did Jesus die for Klingons too?”

12. The Department of Defense funded a study that determined “a man holding a gun appears more masculine than he would otherwise.”

The Department of Defense funded a study that determined "a man holding a gun appears more masculine than he would otherwise."

13. The Department of Defense funded research to conclude that Petri most likely had feathers.

The 15 Most Absurd Ways The Pentagon Is Spending Money

“Archaeopteryx, which existed 150 million years ago and long considered to be the first
bird, probably had black feathers which may have helped it fly, according to research funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).”

14. The Department of Defense spends $10.7 billion on education programs that duplicate the work of the Department of Education and local school districts.

The Department of Defense spends $10.7 billion on education programs that duplicate the work of  the Department of Education and local school districts.

These special schools operate at a cost of over $50,000 per student.

These special schools operate at a cost of over $50,000 per student.
Josh Anderson / AP

In contrast, the Department of Education has found the average annual cost per student in America is $11,000 per student.

In contrast, the Department of Education has found the average annual cost per student in America is $11,000 per student.

The report shows how one such military school in Dahlgren Virginia is less than one mile away from a public school.

The report shows how one such military school in Dahlgren Virginia is less than one mile away from a public school.

15. The Pentagon’s overhead, or desk job budget, is more than the entire GDP of Israel.

The Pentagon's overhead, or desk job budget, is more than the entire GDP of Israel.

In the face of the looming Sequestration, which will involve massive spending cuts to the Defense budget, this report should perhaps be revisited.

In the face of the looming Sequestration, which will involve massive spending cuts to the Defense budget, this report should perhaps be revisited.

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