At least as practiced by the Pentagon. It has 1.3 million troops on active duty but needs almost a million desk jockeys, including about 300,000 contractors. A study by the Defense Business Board, an advisory panel of corporate executives, and consultants from McKinsey concluded that we could save $125 billion over five years by streamlining the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailing the use of contractors and making better use of information technology. But this conclusion was not accepted by management. Why is unknown as the department imposed secrecy restrictions on the data and removed a 77-page summary report from its website .