Pentagon Wars

Media Type: Film Clips Topic: Government & the Economy

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An aspect of bureaucracy that can be illustrated using film clips is deadweight loss. 1998’s “Pentagon Wars” contains a scene that humorously demonstrates this concept. Col. Burton wants to obtain some sheep to place inside a Bradley Fighting Vehicle during a test firing to assess the vehicle’s worthiness for carrying soldiers. After encountering the Pentagon’s Office of Ruminant Procurement, which wants to take more than one year to determine specifications for sheep that will be used in such tests, Col. Burton simply buys the sheep from a farmer.

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