"Ordinary people" need to be involved in order to clean up the mess at the Pentagon. Experts who are now retired from their careers in the Pentagon are trying to get that message out.
Franklin (Chuck) Spinney, Pierre Sprey, and Thomas Christie have been advocates for military reform, both inside and outside the Pentagon, for many years. I heard them speak recently at an event to introduce the new book "The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Throught It" where they talked about their reasons for contributing to this book.
These guys are passionate about the "grotesque diversion of scarce resoures to a bloated defense budget that is leading the United State into ruin" and also the "damage to America's defenses and to the integrity of its politics." (The Pentagon Labyrinth, p. 2)
They know the odds of reforming the system are long, but they are still committed to trying to change the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex (MICC), and they are looking for