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CSIS’ Mark Cancian: DoD Should Stop ‘Auxiliary Activities’ to Reduce Spending

Mark Cancian, a former budget manager at the White House, has said the Defense Department should put an end to its “auxiliary activities” and instead focus on how to meet its combat requirements, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday.

David Thornton writes Cancian, who is now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, made the suggestion as DoD is set to get a 10 percent or $52 billion funding increase under President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal 2018.

Cancian told Federal Drive host Tom Temin in an interview that one of those “auxiliary activities” is operating a school system in the U.S.

“Everyone agrees that for overseas bases, you need American schools, but in the U.S., the need for these schools has long faded,” he said.

Cancian also cited other initiatives that DoD should get away from in order to reduce spending and those include medical studies that are not related to warfighting, commissaries and exchanges, as well as facilities maintenance, public relations and other commercial-type activities.

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