Robert Hale: Industry Should Be Upfront About Military Tech Costs

Robert Hale
Robert Hale

Robert Hale, outgoing Pentagon comptroller, has said the contracting industry could help military customers manage investments by explaining to them a technology’s long-run cost, Reuters reported Tuesday.

“I hope more of them will have to courage to say, look this is going to be very expensive, maybe you ought to consider (something else),” Hale told Reuters.

Andrea Shalal writes that Hale is worried that military’s growing technology requirements will undermine cost-saving measures.

He told Reuters that Pentagon seeks to acquire new bombers, ground vehicles and fighter jets in the 2020s and officials are under pressure to meet budget caps.

Hale added that newer weapons generally cost twice or thrice as much as the military previously used, according to Shalal.

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