The Department of Defense is looking at some serious cutbacks in its civilian workforce, as Tony Capaccio of Bloomberg writes:
The Defense Department may have to fire at least 6,272 civilian employees if automatic cuts known as sequestration slice $52 billion from its fiscal 2014 budget, according to a Pentagon planning document.
The most persuasive criticism of the sequester has always been that it would do long term, serious damage to the nation's armed services. Which, as we see with recent developments in Syria, needs to be capable of responding to all sorts of situations, not all of them easily foreseen.
But the DOD probably does not need to send money to something called the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute which is, as Jason Howerton of the Blaze reports, is supplying the Pentagon with
... education materials [that] warn of “extremists” that will “talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”
No surprise, then, that the material cites the:
... Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) when identifying “hate groups.”
And includes such gems as:
“In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”
Whatever the Pentagon is spending on this tripe, it is too much.