Here is more from Politico:
The Pentagon’s internal think tank violated a series of federal rules in awarding contracts, according to an investigation by the DoD inspector general, including failing to establish oversight measures to ensure it was getting what it paid for.
The Office of Net Assessment, which conducts long-term assessments of trends to help the military prepare for future conflicts, did not follow a series of guidelines, according to the report, including using contracting officers with the proper clearances. The multiple failures led to the inappropriate approval of at least $10 million in contracts, the IG found.
The office also didn’t follow oversight guidelines on the projects. “Without established and documented surveillance measures for ONA service contracts, ONA may not have received all services outlined in contractor’s statements of work,” the report concluded.
The Office of Net Assessment (ONA) was founded in 1973 and provides long-term comparative assessments of trends, key competitions, risks, opportunities, and future prospects of US military capability to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense.