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Time to rein in the Pentagon's mysterious slush fund
Time to rein in the Pentagon's mysterious slush fund

As if monitoring the Pentagon's enormous budget were not difficult enough, every year Congress also has to deal with a separate war budget. Known in Washington-ese as the Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO, account, it is submitted separately. It was originally meant to cover the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it has grown into an all-purpose funding mechanism for almost anything the Pentagon wants. To make matters worse this year, the budget came in late because the Obama administration was waiting until it could determine how many U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan after 2014. The decision to leave about 10,000 troops in place is still subject to debate....

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