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"The only reason I'm reading them is that I have to sign them and am worried about embarrassing myself"

The National Journal's Yochi Dreazen interviews Ashton Carter, the Pentagon's top hardware guy. The best bit:

NJ: You've pointed out that the Pentagon spends millions of dollars and tens of thousands of hours producing reports that few people read or need. What is it like, as the man on top, to be the recipient of so many of those reports?

Carter: On Saturday afternoons when I sit in here and these big reports come in, I sometimes wonder if I'm the only human being who will ever read them. They were asked for long ago, and whoever asked for them has forgotten that he asked for them. The only reason I'm reading them is that I have to sign them and am worried about embarrassing myself. If you read many of them, you wonder if anyone read them before they sent them to me. It's illustrative of how we allow processes to accrete.

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Friday Photo: Game on

CHIBA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 16: Visitors play Sega Corp.'s 'Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity' on Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld game consoles while a booth assitant looks on during the Tokyo Game Show 2010 at Makuhari Messe on September 16, 2010 in Chiba, Japan. The computer and video game convention, which will be held until September 19, features exhibitions of upcoming game software and hardware from 194 companies and organizations to draw business visitors and the general public.

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