Elizabeth McGrath: Pentagon to Focus on Operation Costs

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Elizabeth McGrath
Elizabeth McGrath

Elizabeth McGrath, Defense Department deputy chief management officer, told the Excellence in Government Forum Tuesday the Pentagon will increasingly focus on operations costs as the Pentagon seeks to find what drives them, American Forces Press Service reports.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. writes McGrath said this approach aims to move the department beyond putting together a budget, formulating that budget and executing it.

McGrath told attendees the Pentagon would be the 16th-largest country in the world based on numbers, having between 3 million and 3.5 million people in 5,000 locations worldwide.

Information technology spending also factors into managing costs, she said.

“Annually, we spend about $7 billion, and we have over 2,000 IT systems,” McGrath said, according to AFPS.

“In my opinion, that’s too many, but what we don’t want to do is say, ‘Well, let’s just cut 10 percent of those,’ not understanding the strategic impact of doing that,” she added.

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