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Department of Justice

Senior Officer John Herb

if an inmate does small time, even petty time, getting a job is difficult, what if we implemented a program that allowed an inmate with petty non violent crimes to do 4 years service in the military, after which, their record could be cleansed and they could become viable assets to the community instead of getting out, cant get a job and turns back to crime for a means to an end, think about it, your military would benefit,... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

cancel $32B/yr NASA program

NASA should be disbanded. Inherently government programs (test facilities, launch facilities) shall go to the AirForce. The rest of the programs (research facilities and DeepSpaceNetwork) and funding shall go to the universities.


The bureaucracy around the NASA empire has shifted to a nationalistic secrecy that mostly supports the military not the original and current charters of improving science and technology education... more »

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Department of Defense

Military Blister Prevention: Simple & Enormous Cost Savings Realized

Prevent blisters in our military members by implementing existing foot scanners/boot sizing technology at Military Clothing and Sales stores and issuing (existing) synthetic socks with advanced wicking technology. Blister treatment for military recruits exceeds $690,000 annually. This idea is simple and would save our government hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

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Department of Defense

Military Midair Collision Prevention Using Contractor Of The Shelf Collision Avoidance Technology

Midair collisions are the #2 human factor cause of death in military rotorcraft aviation. Commercial civil aviation had a similar problem until the Cerritos midair of a transport aircraft with a Cessna in 1983 led to the development of Traffic Collision Advisory Systems (TCAS, certified by the Federal Aviation Administration -FAA, under Technical Standard Orders - TSOs C118 and C-119a) which have been almost 100% effective... more »

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Department of Defense

End of Fiscal Year Closeout Procedures

While in the military, local procedures gave units a budget to use during that fiscal year. The unit must spend up to their budget allotment close to 100%. Duing the month previous, (Sep), units were asked to spend their money if they are not 100% allocated. Well, this forces the units, sometimes, to spend foolishly on items they don't need or use. If not 100% allocated, then the following year or next will see a reduction... more »

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Department of Defense

End of the year funds

The entire fiscal system of the US government needs to be checked. Every agency not just DoD waists millions of dollars each year, at the end of the year, because if your agency does not use all of it’s funds it receives less the next fiscal year. What kind of sense is this? Let’s punish those who save us money? Set up incentives for organizations who save money, reward not punish. The fact that Secretary Gates would... more »

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Legislative Branch

Government travel abuse by high ranking officials

I suggest you..Reduce the services provided to government officials overseas. Government officials waist millions of American dollars traveling overseas. This is not for the people living overseas but for the congressman or general who travels overseas. In order to serve them and make them comfortable we pay government employees overtime to change their money, give them tours, take care of their spouses, bring them... more »

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Department of Defense

How to Better Spend Military Recruiting Dollars

Dollars spent for military recruiting are especially high and the highest category is traditional advertising i.e. tv commericals. The 17-24 demographic doesn't respond to television advertisements in the same way previous generations did. To eliminate wasteful spending on over the top capaigns, better results can be obtained through more targed campaigns that hit the passion points of the dempographic but at a lesser... more »

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Department of Defense

AAFES Reorganization

I suggest the Air Force and possibly the entire DoD contract out AAFES (or like) factilities at installation level. Yes, in many ways AAFES does have a difficult mission, however in many ways it's no different then companies like Walmart/COSCO. Those companies also support/run international factilities and I believe that they would be willing to start up outlets in deployed areas for those that complain that only AAFES... more »

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Department of Defense

Let Military Personnel Book Their Own Travel

Last year I used the Defense Travel System (DTS) to book a flight from Washington, DC to Monterey, CA for a conference. My ticket cost us taxpayers over $2000! For that kind of money, I could have flown first class, but I ended up in coach on one of the worst seats on the plane - in the very last row of the plane, just in front of the bathroom and the galley. You know, one of the seats that don't recline.

I am SURE... more »

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Department of Defense

Restructure the Military

The artificial distinction between the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines is stupid. We need only one service, with a combined infrastructure instead of these "rival schools." We could easily save hundreds of billions of dollars by doing away with this wasteful maintenance of separate services.

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Department of Defense

Consolidate local military recruiters into one civilian position

My innovation is to change the military recruitment process by having civilian recruiters.
Personnel: One GS-11/12 could replace five E-5/6’s. There is savings in personnel costs and those uniformed individuals can rejoin their unit and ease some of the combat rotations.
Marketing: Currently, millions of tax dollars are spent by each branch in competition with the other. The Army gets a rock climbing wall; the Marines... more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce military spending

Reduce military spending.

This includes cutting waste, reducing the number of military bases worldwide, and ending our wars. This is the biggest source of money savings possible in our government. Looking for cost savings elsewhere is fine, but this is just nickles-and-dimes compared to the enormous savings possible by reducing military spending.

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Department of Defense

Single Utility Uniform for All Military Branches

Designate a single color and type of duty uniform for all the military. Example, in the past, the BDU style was worn by most. If someone doesn't think the color scheme is good enough, fine, fix it once, then issue it. Treat it with infra-red reduction, and drive on.


Simplify clothing requirements to a velcro patch on the chest that lists the name, rank, service, etc. of the member like Aviators do. This will save... more »

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Department of Defense

Reduce number of general and flag officers

I can't speak to the other services, but the Navy currently has more admirals than it has combatant ships. This situation is rediculous and untenable. We should eliminate the number of flag staffs, combining them where appropriate, and elimiating them altogether where feasable. The resulting billets could be redirected to sorely needed shore maintenance and putting more sailors back at sea.

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