I am a "System Engineer" on a project for a major defense contractor. Although my scope of responsibility has yet to be defined, I can say one thing for certain: I'm paid a very nice salary, most of which comes from your tax dollars.
As a former military officer with a graduate degree in computer science from a top-notch school, I was supposedly hired for my software engineering background, project management skills and overall technical domain knowledge. To date, however, I have yet to participate in any form of system or software design; my daily tasks consist mostly of attending directionless meetings, typing up the resulting "meeting minutes," and sending them out via e-mail. For the remaining 95 percent of my time, I take long lunch breaks and surf the Web (as I'm doing now).
Of course, this should not be trivialized. I would not be able to perform these tasks without having achieved the ability to log into a PC, type a Microsoft Word document, and send an e-mail to multiple recipients. These critical functions require essential cognitive and motor skills that could otherwise be overlooked.