Congress is slowly but surely trying to get the Pentagon to cut back on its overseas information operations, most of which end up being done by contractors.
The latest hint has come from the House Appropriations Committee, which has sliced about $125 million from the $300 million that was being sought in the fiscal 2012 Defense Appropriations Bill for what is now known as Military Information Support Operations (MISO).
Several years ago, when Congress first paid attention to this subject, it was called Strategic Communications and it was said to have been costing around $900 million. That figure then dropped to above $600 million. The programs were then designated as Information Operations and then, last year, MISO.
Phi Beta Iota: This is a cosmetic cut in relation to all the money being wasted on failed acquisition programs, elective and unconstitutional wars and covert actions, and of course “intelligence” and “Cyber-War.”