When all else is being cut, administration grows. When all else is growing, admin grows faster still.
Check out this document. HT to Tom Ricks for pointing it out.|
DoD HQ Staff Comparisons 2000-2010
It shows tremendous growth in headquarters staff. Some kind of make sense, like CENTCOM has had a very busy decade in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, etc, so it makes sense that it grew by 150%. Not clear why the Army had to grow by 60% since the HQ is not directing the new missions but generating the forces. JFCOM, which is supposed to help with transformation, has transformed into a beast. No wonder SecDef Gates wants to kill it. NATO and NORAD barely grew at all, while SOUTHCOM (Central and Southern America) and STRATCOM (Strategic Command--nukes) both doubled in size despite very un-busy decades.
And how about my favorite: the Joint Staff? It has more civilians and less military folk than it did in 2000 (although still 5/6's are uniformed folks), decreasing in size by 2%.
So, not everything grew, but it does seem as if some of the folks with the least to do grew the most. A table like this does provide not just Senators but also folks in DoD with some good ideas of where to cut.