The U.S. government’s leading oversight authority for Afghanistan reconstruction said there is a criminal investigation into the $28 million boondoggle for forest camouflage for the Afghan army. Yes, you heard that right, forest camo for the Afghan army.
John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), said he opened the investigation after the Pentagon was found to have spent more than $93 million in taxpayer dollars on Afghan National Army (ANA) uniforms that used a forest camouflage pattern, despite the country’s scarcity of forests.
“This $93 million procurement demonstrates what happens when people in the government don’t follow the rules”
No shit… The Pentagon bought the 1.3 million uniforms though the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan over 10 years “without testing its effectiveness and costing up to $28 million more than needed,” Sopko said. The SIGAR report findings, released in June, was widely panned as a major misuse of taxpayer dollars. Even Defense Secretary Jim Mattis weighed in last week, condemning the alleged waste as “cavalier” spending in a memo to Pentagon officials.
Sopko recommended fixes to the Pentagon’s personnel system, saying that such wasteful spending continues to occur because of lack of accountability and is made all the more difficult due to annual rotation requirements.
“They’re never held accountable for their screw up because they’re not around when the screw up is discovered by us,” he said. “By the time we get there – it’s like the detective show you see on TV, if we’re lucky there’s a chalk outline of the body, but usually it’s seven years old.”
Friends, take a minute and let the CSTC-A Leadership know your thoughts on the matter… Unbelievable…
SOURCE – TheHill.com