Pentagon Logistics Agency Lost Track of $800 Million

Statement: Agency 'Not Surprised' By the Loss

The Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has come out of an internal audit missing in excess of $800 million from construction projects, with no paper trail for where it went or to what end.

Making matters a bit more shocking, the DLA issued a statement after this revelation saying they were “not surprised,” noting they were the first agency to go through such an audit, and didn’t expect to come out of it clean.

Officials termed this a “shortcoming in documentation,” and that there was no evidence that the losses amounted to losses of any real property or funds, though there likewise isn’t evidence that there wasn’t, since they don’t know what happened to it.

This is just one such agency, and myriad other Pentagon agencies, with their own untold billions, are likely to struggle with their own audits. Revelations about the missing money are likely to add to concern about trusting the Pentagon with its ever growing budget, and whether any amount of paperwork could ever be expected to keep track of such an endeavour.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.