So news that they've spent £600 million on outside consultants, when that money should have gone on equipment, in the last two years alone, is both shocking for the taxpayer and depressing for some poor squaddie stuck down a dusty hole in Helmand Province.
What's worse, is that this expenditure is actually in breach of government guidelines.
Clearly, when it's the taxpayers' cash, you can basically do what you like. Imagine if you ran a small business like this!
Because when things are tight one of the first areas you look at are those tasks that you outsource. Suddenly they seem a bit of a luxury and if there's any way you can bring them in-house you do, even if that means a bit more work for someone.
And if you haven't anyone in-house who can do it, you have to ask yourself whether you are hiring the right people or getting value for money from those you employ. If not, you need to do something about it. It's tough but it's true.
With £600m now paid to 380 consultants for technical support by the MoD you have to ask what the penpushers in Whitehall actually do?
Because anyone can sign a cheque.