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I have always wondered why there is so much duplication in the US Government. While serving in the military, it was called "tradition" as an excuse to uniform and equipped the different specilities in the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, and Coast Guard (non-DOD). Each had their own payroll, administrations, research, bases, ect...ectera. There must be a way to simplify each of these Departments, removing duplication, and consolidate our forces to protect the nation. What a cost saving that would be. Since being out of the military since 1977, I have seen some consolidation of administrative overhead, but there still are many areas within each group that could do much better to stim the raising cost of war and protecting our nation.
After leaving the military, I continued to work for the US Government providing technical/engineering services for the FAA. As seniority continued in my career, I became more convinced why other government agencies where doing similar as in the FAA. A classic example is all the weather reporting facililties in the nation, which in the thousands. Most all are FAA and located near or on an airport. A very few are NOAA paid for initially. The FAA in their wisdom has paid NOAA $15M and more each year for NOAA to take care of all these selected weather systems. Some are maintained by the FAA. Since any weather system on airport is primary reporting for aviation and secondary for public reporting, why doesn't FAA maintain them all? It has been a topic of discussion for decades, but no one willing to pursue consolidation of forces. For your interest, you can observe the weather at any airport by web search "airnav" and name of the airport. The airport specifics and information is provided free to the public. Most weather sites have a free telephone access you can call and receive the automated METAR formated message.
The above are just two examples of US Government consolidation that could take place. I sometimes think about all the different policing authority agencies, such as, FBI, Secret Service, CIA, and US Marshall's Office. I understand they have different duties and missions, but think about a common business office. An office has several different managers managing different clients/customers, several different administrative staff people, auditing staff, payroll and all up to the big boss and/or CEO. Having different missions or duties is no excuse. I think all of us can remember the screw-up of US authorities during the days leading up to 9-11. None of these security agencies were talking to one another and some knew what was happening and could happen and did not share the information. So, nonconsolidation can cause trajedy, confusion and a huge cost burden to an already economically stressed out nation.
I'm a great fan of a smaller and more efficient US Government. I caution anyone proposing eliminating services, because they will be the forst to cry, "I miss that service the government used to provide". I believe the US Government can buckle down and consolidate many agencies and still provide the necessary services we enjoy and require, continuing to be a class nation on this blue marble in the universe.