The July 10 front-page article on the unused headquarters in Afghanistan [“For critics of military spending, a monument”] is another example of how the Defense Department wastes money.

As a former U.S. Army officer and defense contractor, I have observed wasteful defense spending for more than 35 years. I wonder how many furloughed employees could have their salary reductions restored if $34 million for an unused building had been cut from the budget instead? The sky-is-falling attitude over a mere 5 percent spending cut could be better handled with good management rather than simplistic solutions such as furloughing workers. Maybe there are too many defense employees in the first place. Maybe too many unneeded projects are being funded.

Frank Hoerster, Woodbridge

The Post reported July 10 that a military inspector general advised the Pentagon to “determine ‘all of the facts on how we reached the $34 million dilemma and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.’ ”

In the real world, this is “prevented” by firing those who allowed it to happen. But in the defense world, will anybody even get demoted? Probably not, when Congress will allow the boondoggle of border control spending [“Border security plan would boost top defense contractors,” front page, July 2] to prevent defense contractors from taking a hit during sequestration.

Wayne Hundt, Palm City, Fla.