Campaign: Department of Defense

Restrict Military Change of Command Attendees

TARGET: US Coast Guard, US Navy, US Army, US Marines, US Air Force, other government agencies ISSUE: US Armed Services have a time honored tradition of Change of Command Ceremonies. These formal dignified events illustrate the military nature of the US Armed Services and provide participants with an understanding of the uninterrupted nature and total responsibility of military command. It is common for a number of ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Minimize use of Meal Ready-To-Eat (MREs)

Just in October 2010 alone, the DoD awarded contracts with a maximum total amount of over $188 million to provide meal-ready-to-eat (MREs) for servicemembers. (http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=4397) The DoD can significantly save money if it implements a plan to reduce the use of MREs by providing an option for soldiers to instead subsidize their meals with a minimal allowance. This can amount ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Recycled and Synthetic lubricants

Transition to a blend of Recycled and Synthetic lubricants for Army Wheeled Vehicles. At least one American Oil company already produces a motor oil that is a synthetic-recycled blend. Adjust the frequency of oil change intervals to match the longer useful life of a synthetic oil (TACOM study can confirm best extended interval, 2-3 times longer than convention oils. Oil would be more expensive but cost would be more ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Homeland Security

Military Health Care Contribution

Currently, active duty members receive 100% free health care and only pay a small amount for dependent/family coverage. I propose that all military members (USA/USN/USMC/USAF/USCG) contribute between $960 to $2400 per year towards their own health care coverage, scaled so that junior members pay the least ($80 per month) and senior members pay the most ($200 per month). With nearly 1.2 million active duty members, ...more »

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Campaign: Social Security Administration

If contractors are needed hire them to train employees

The Department of the Air Force (as a good example) hires temporary contractors to work alongside FTE's. When the FTE's become proficient in the area of responsibility, the contract ends. This provides greater responsibility and opportunities for the FTE. The need for year to year contracting because of the lack of existing experience eventially gets significanlty reduced or eliminated. Additionally, the FTE learns a ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Consolidate and Contract Military Recruiting

Conduct a survey to see if it is feasible to consolidate all military recruiting agencies (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard) into one contracted agency. Currently, with each branch having its own recruiting service, there is an enormous duplication of effort. Having one civilian contractor be responsible for all military recruiting would greatly streamline the process. This would result in an enormous ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

SAVE MILLIONS PER YEAR BY ELIMINATING WASTED BAH!

There are over 30K mil couples (one mil member married to another) on active duty in the USAF. Both spouses are receiving untaxed Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). One of the member’s is receiving BAH at the “single” rate (i.e. they have a spouse and/or child) rate, while the other is also receiving BAH at the “single” rate. This is obviously necessary, if they are stationed in separate locations. However, if they are ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

Military

All branches of the military have different uniforms that are worn on a day to day basis for example ABU and ACU. My idea for saving money would be to adopt one uniform for all branches of the military. The only distinction would be the name tape on the uniform, i..e blue for Air Force, black for Army. I beleive this would help cut spending for the military by cutting coastly contracts with different vendors for different ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

FAR 46.504 Certificate of conformance - DoD Procurement

46.504 Certificate of conformance (CoC) may be used in certain instances instead of source inspection at the discretion of the contracting officer if the following conditions apply: (a) Acceptance on the basis of a contractor’s certificate of conformance is in the Government’s interest. (b)(1) Small losses would be incurred in the event of a defect; or (2) Because of the contractor’s reputation or past performance, it ...more »

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Campaign: Department of Defense

I am overpaid -Cut Military Pay, or at least stop the pay raises

We could save MILLIONS just by cutting military officer pay 1-2%, and this is coming from a military officer. I know this would never change because it would be political suicide, but military OFFICER pay is way too high. It is no longer a "sacrifice" to serve in the military, espeically since there are so many military jobs that rarely deploy. As 2 married military members, we make about $120K/yr. This is crazy! ...more »

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