Letter to the editor
Regarding the current size of the Defense Department workforce: It has changed
little in recent years because a shadow workforce, made up of retirees,
is performing a significant amount of work ["DOD sees danger in cuts"]. That is how nearly the same amount of work is
getting donenot all, I might add.
The is no shortage of contracting-out dollars, and business is booming for
the Beltway Bandits, who hire former military and civilian personnel who
don't need to be trained (because they're doing the same work they did before
retiring), and who in general work without benefits (they already have them).
55 in 28 months
(Name withheld by request)