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The Department Of Defense Is Too Broke To Fix A Fax Machine

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Apparently Elvis Dumervil’s agent isn’t the only one who needs a new fax machine.

Throw the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in that category too.

For some odd reason, the OSD still uses fax machines as the primary method for submitting and receiving Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Over the last several weeks, journalists from Muckrock.com noticed that their FOIA faxes to the OSD office were coming back as undeliverable.

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Like any good group of journalists would, the team at Muckrock emailed the OSD to find out what was going on.

OSD official Aaron Graves responded by telling Muckrock that not only was their fax machine down, but it could be months until it is running again.

“We hope that it is back up sometime in October, but could extend into the beginning of November,” Graves said.

How could the government, with trillions of dollars at its disposal, leave a fax machine unfixed? Great question. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a great answer.

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The U.S. spends more on its Defense Budget than the next 13 countries combined. We spend billions upon billions on cutting edge weapons technology programs.  The Department of Defense, which the OSD is a part of, set aside $31.8 billion for maintenance and operations in this year’s budget.

$31.8 billion. And we can’t fix a machine. Efficiency at its finest. ‘Murica! 

Sources: RT, Muckrock