Sen. Coburn targets 'non-defense' defense spending in budget report

In addition, the report takes aim at DOD’s overhead expenses, which total $212 billion — more than Israel’s gross domestic product.

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“I prepared this report because the American people expect the Pentagon’s $600 billion annual budget to go toward our nation’s defense,” Coburn said. “That isn’t happening. Billions of defense dollars are being spent on programs and missions that have little or nothing to do with national security, or are already being performed by other government agencies.”

According to Coburn, those savings could go toward paying down a third of the cost of a fleet of new strategic bombers or Ohio-class nuclear submarines.