Newt’s World – Episode 542: Modernizing the Pentagon

Newt talks with Lisa Hershman about cost savings strategies at the Department of Defense.

With a national debt of $31 trillion dollars, we need to start making choices about how to pay the debt down.  In order to do that, we have to recognize that a great deal of government has to be modernized.  It’s not just about the money, but about what the money buys, how it’s spent, how much waste there is, and to what degree the bureaucracies are inherently inefficient.  Every government agency has a challenge of modernization. And the agency with the most complex challenge is the Department of Defense.  Newt’s guest is Lisa Hershman.  She is the former Chief Management Officer for the U.S. Department of Defense from 2018 – 2021.

Guest: Lisa Hershman

Lisa Hershman
Lisa Hershman


Pentagon Recoups $6.5 Billion via Streamlining, Sale of Old Equipment – Reuters

How the Pentagon has Saved $4.7 Billion in the Past 2 Years – ABC News

Lisa Hershman: Pentagon CMO’s ‘Fourth Estate’ Review Finds $11B in Savings – Executive Mosaic  Pentagon Shaves $6.5 Billion by Selling Obsolete Equipment, Overhauling Bureaucracy – Washington Post

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