The Virginian-Pilot newspaper recently published an on-line article describing the Navy’s use of war funds to repair submarine propellers (1). You’ll recall that the war funds are the Overseas Contingency Operations funding which was established in 2001 for the purpose of funding operations directly related to the global war on terror. The fund is separate from DoD funding. The article points out that use of war funds for construction or maintenance is inappropriate.
I don’t normally like to simply point to articles without offering any analysis but, in this case, I have no independent information to verify the report and, therefore, no analysis to offer. However, given the pattern of fraudulent Navy accounting practices, the article strikes me as completely believable and, if true, is well worth a read. I leave it to you to read the article (1) and draw your own conclusions. This is hardly the first accusation that the military has begun using the account as a slush fund to pay for all manner of things other than anti-terrorism operations.