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CNBC: Replacing soldiers with civilians could save billions: Report
A federal agency has issued a report suggesting the U.S. military could save as much as $5.7 billion every year by replacing some forces personnel with government civilians.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) used a model which either cut or replaced about 80,000 active-duty positions with civilians.
The report, published Tuesday, claims the move would not be new to the Department of Defense (DoD) and could help the military focus on core roles.
"Transferring to civilians certain jobs currently held by military personnel could reduce costs and increase DoD's focus on war-fighting," said the report authored by Adebayo Adedeji, Principal Analyst at the CBO's National Security Division.
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WNU Editor: It always comes down to the money and what you can afford. If civilians and contractors are cheaper .... so be it. As to whether this is a good policy .... mu gut says not.