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The Senate Armed Services Committee’s pending budget bill for fiscal 2011 calls on the defense secretary to submit an extensive report to Congress on how JIEDDO operates.

The committee wants “an assessment of whether JIEDDO or the military services are performing activities that are duplicative and determination of where these activities should be located. — The committee believes more must be done to increase oversight of JIEDDO’s activities.”

It called for a system of metrics to measure whether a particular system actually reduces casualties.

“There’s got to be stuff that you sort of say the return on investment or the likelihood of success is simply so low that you ought to be cutting back,” said Mr. Goure.