Americas Military

The drone groan costing taxpayers

Washington Guardian

WASHINGTON – The aerial drone, the government’s signature weapon of modern warfare, may be great at hunting down the latest terrorist but its managers could use a lesson in bargain shopping.

The government is wasting billions of dollars on its drone programs because military agencies aren’t coordinating their efforts, creating expensive duplications of research, development and parts purchases, congressional and Pentagon auditors have found in separate reviews.

For their lack of coordinated efforts and bulk buying power, the government’s drone programs win this week’s Golden Hammer, a weekly distinction awarded by the Washington Guardian to a prominent example of government waste.

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