How Long Did it Take to Build the Pentagon?

File:The Pentagon January 2008.jpgPhoto Credit: David B. Gleason, The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, taken from an airplane in January 2008

More evidence the government has forgotten how to get things done.

FierceHomlandSecurity reports Doubts have surfaced about the plan to consolidate the DHS headquarters at the St. Elizabeths Hospital location, “In a report signed by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on oversight and management efficiency, committee staff note that the projected cost and time frame for completion of the consolidated headquarters effort have increased by more than a billion dollars and 11 years to $4.5 billion and the year 2026.”

Answer: Ground was broken for construction on September 11, 1941, and the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943.