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Pentagon Admits Billions In US Funds Disappeared in Afghanistan To “Fraud, Waste And Abuse”

Tyler Durden
March 29th, 2018
Zero Hedge
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This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

A new report from the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD IG) exposes even more fraud, waste and/or corruption in America’s ongoing war in Afghanistan. This latest report reveals that more than $3.1 billion of U.S. taxpayer funds provided to the Afghan Armed Forces from 2014 through 2017 was grossly mismanaged.

According to the DoD IG, U.S. military leaders overseeing operations in Afghanistan “failed to accurately record” some 95,000 vehicles transferred to Afghan Armed Forces, along with fuel expenses and maintenance costs to keep the vehicles operational. The report issued last Wednesday was the last in a series of DoD IG audits that examined the Pentagon for “systemic challenges” in how senior officials oversee U.S. direct funding to the Afghan Armed Forces said the Military Times.

The DoD IG warned the lack of accountability via military leaders overseeing Afghanistan leaves U.S. taxpayer funds vulnerable to “fraud, waste, and abuse.”

“Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan (CSTC-A) officials did not effectively manage and oversee the U.S. direct funding provided to the Ministries of Defense and Interior, which oversee Afghanistan’s Army and National Police, respectively,” the report stated.

“CSTC-A management and oversight of the direct funding is intended to increase [Afghan security forces] effectiveness and capabilities so the [forces] can become more professional and increasingly self-sustaining.”

Stars and Stripes, an American military newspaper, said military officials blame, what else, “inadequate staffing and security concerns” for any financial discrepancies. However, the DoD IG audit determined systemic issues are to blame.

CSTC-A officials established unrealistic and unattainable goals for the Afghans to improve their own capabilities toward achieving independence in supplying their own troops, the IG also found.

Instead, the Afghan government has remained reliant on the United States to furnish its supplies because American officials have not provided adequate training, according to the report.

Additionally, the report stated CSTC-A officials have not enforced penalties within U.S. agreements with the Afghan government. Penalties include levying fines when terms and conditions of contracts are not met, such as providing detailed logs of vehicle maintenance and fuel consumption data.

Stars and Stripes provides a summary of the latest findings from the DoD IG report:

For example, Afghan officials only provided CSTC-A fuel consumption reports for the Afghan army when directly requested by the United States, though contracts require biweekly reports. The IG concluded the United States cannot be certain that at least $174 million worth of fuel was properly used.

CSTC-A also cannot properly track the status of some 95,000 vehicles that the United States has given the Afghans because officials did not properly inventory the types and quantities of vehicles provided.

Furthermore, the IG blamed CSTC-A officials for failing to properly train the Afghans to maintain those vehicles, leaving the U.S. military to spend about $21 million to replace engines and transmissions that should have been the Afghans responsibility.

The IG report was the eighth and final report in a series of oversight investigations into CSTC-A functions since 2015. The reports have uncovered widespread issues within the command, including the commands’ inability to account for more than $700 million of ammunition provided to the Afghan security forces between 2015 and 2017.

As a result of the Pentagon’s lousy accounting practices, if not outright fraud and embezzlement, the audit notes that CSTC-A officials did not have the assurance that “$3.1 billion in U.S. direct funding was used entirely for the intended purposes.”

In other words, just over $3 billion may have been stolen.

And lastly, we will leave you with David Stockman, the former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, who recently appeared on Fox Business — calling out Trump’s record-setting defense spending for fiscal year 2018/19 as absolutely “crazy.” To that, all we can add is that with all the “fraud, waste, and abuse” via the Pentagon in America’s endless wars, the next war would leave the country even more insolvent than it is already.

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Author: Tyler Durden
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Date: March 29th, 2018
Website: https://www.zerohedge.com/

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  1. Surprise, surprise!

    Got poppies?

    Greater Isrehell is planning to build one hell of an offshore vacation destination. Must be expensive.

    The popularity of heroin among American teenagers is a mystery.

    Raping little boys is part of Afganastan Officer culture. Why would such people lack the ability to manage their own troops? Perhaps the troops are butt hurt.

    _

    • Genius says:

      Fraud, Waste, Abuse? Sounds just like here at home for the last 100 years. Our govt. IS FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE!

      • CrackerJack says:

        Everybody will bitch and moan about it, but no one actually ever does anything about it. And tptb knows it, everyone complains but still obeys and pays their taxes.

        This shit will never stop until people collectively grow a fucking pair and stop obeying, take a stand, and resist.

        I expect nothing from our coward society. Bitch, moan, groan, obey, pay taxes, rinse and repeat.

      • Genius says:

        But people sign up in droves to do their bidding…. go figure….

        • Anonymous says:

          Because they’re hooked on the big industrial monetary culture that they’ve been mis-taught to think they have to have to survive. Nature-reliant non-conformists, however, can literally roast civilization and its ills and feed it to the beasts of nature (Revelation 11:18). Civilization trying to do the same to nature will saw off the limb on which civilization too sits. They’ve already sawn it to the point of hearing it crack by mass-refashioning it to suit their notion of how nature should be instead of how God makes it and how He provides it for their lifetime of chance in which to repent and forever trust His natural and eternal Providence for them. God is the only real God, of Whom man is only a God-dependent image. Man trying to be a god himself makes man a self-depriving devil enslaved to the desperate tyranny of other devils who take advantage of man’s misplaced trust in them (Matthew 4:8).

  2. aljamo says:

    Big Pharma needs all of the opioid ingredients that can be grown to keep Americans dying while raking in billions. If the drugs don’t kill them we’ll just use the death penalty to off them. Get all them natural cannabis users too, Schedule 1 drugs are our domain says big pharma as the poppies get tended. Afghanistan occupation wasting more billions that is sorely needed right here at home. Hey, let’s attack Russia. Drain the swamp, what a joke! Swamps are inhabited by slimy creatures, Washington too.

  3. Heartless says:

    Color me not amazed that the MIC, DOD and our elected officials actually squandered, robbed, lied or misled us. Got an idea though. When they all go running into those holes in the ground we’ve all paid for……. let’s make damned sure they never come out again.

  4. aljamo says:

    The money that once made its way into American hands now pays foreign troop salaries. Those presses must be at warp speed.

  5. southside says:

    Well who the fuck are these “military leaders” overseeing this? What are their names and rank? And why the fuck do they still hsve a job??? And why are there no Article 32 investigations on the fucking missing money? I am getting my pissed off on on all this corruption in this fucking country and no one being held accountable for shit.Trump needs to get his head out of his ass and go down to the Pentagon and start firing people,or he’ll find himself fired in 2020

  6. aljamo says:

    Easy come easy go really.

  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s stolen property. Never to be seen again. A certain ilk want it all.

  8. Mrbud says:

    The question raised here is how much longer is the working stiff tax slave going to finance the chicanery and bold in your face theft of his/her sweat and blood labor? The printing press for fiat dollar financing of war is rapidly coming to an end in the newnited states.

  9. Jim in Va. says:

    I’m betting a lot of those funds end up in black sites and projects that even Congress doesn’t know about.

  10. rellik says:

    They keep better records than you think, at least in the Air force.
    I used to repair Avionics stuff like airborne Radars. I was very good at it.
    I would keep a “stash” of avionics equipment by putting them out of service by ordering a screw or washer for the unit. This was “legal”. I could keep our aircraft on line since I had a good supply of these units that I had control of. One Day the Inspector general showed up at my shop and demanded I make my stash available to the entire Air force. They had figured out what I had been doing. We had to comply.
    I fixed Identification Friend or Foe(IFF) units, these kinds were new and hard to get from supply, you can’t fly without one. One unit( we had no extras) needed a chip we could not get quickly from normal Military channels. I went to Radio shack, got the part, and fixed the IFF. My squadron got a reprimand letter from Depot when that IFF unit was cycled through Depot some months later.
    If the Air force can keep track of what kind of TTL chip is installed in an IFF, or how many washers are on order for radar units, how the hell can they lose 95,000 vehicles?
    Must be Obama soldiers.

  11. Sean says:

    I have a genius idea to solve this: let’s give them MORE money!!!

  12. Kevin2 says:

    To top it off more opium is being produced in Afghanistan under US control than when it was under Taliban control.

    We live in one huge scam. The war on drugs in which the bankers on the finance end launder hundreds of billions with no one charged and a fine less than one 100th of one percent with the CIA helping to facilitate distribution. Its noting new. Read “Trading With The Enemy”.

  13. WHERE IS THE SUNSHINE says:

    You missed Iraq where Pallets of money disappeared along with 750,000
    AK-47S

  14. What’s a Billion dollars here or there among friends? I mean it’s not like we can repay the debt or have any intention to repay the debt? Right?

  15. Relik is right. They keep better records and know where the money went. The question is where is it actually going? In two weeks, Americans will file their income tax returns. while they’re doing it, they can think about reports of missing money.

  16. Mike in VA says:

    Just my opinion.

    Money constantly disappears from the pentagons budget. Really yeah right. It is black ops money in my opinion. There is no waste here. It is put to good use.

    Also a question. We have a heroin problem in this country. It is the new drug of choice. Where is the largest production of heroin in the world? Who controls that country?

  17. hoser says:

    I know where it went. Poppy Fields… Hence, Opiod epidemic in the U.S.

  18. DownByTheRiverInaVan says:

    WAR PIGS

    ht tps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LQUXuQ6Zd9w

  19. kingfish says:

    steal $3000,,, go to jail. Steal 3 billion and play stupid,,, get away with it..
    I remember some senator a long time ago saying,,, a billion here ,, a billion there,,, sooner or later it adds up to real money. Government can think like that,, we cant. KF

  20. Maybe you haven’t heard this one yet. In Afghanistan, the Afghan Generals were paid cash by the Pentagon for each soldier the Generals could hire. The Generals were just as good at fraud as their American counterparts. They had paper battalions that didn’t exist anywhere but on paper. The Generals were paid at least hundreds of millions in cash for troops that didn’t exist. And the Pentagon was aware of this. Our Generals got their cut of the action, I’m sure.

  21. Anonymous says:

    …”Disappeared” to supply the terrorists in order for them to terrorize the public into going along with whatever self- and government-enslavement of the public to the elites the mainstream tells the public they have to clamor for in order to “stop” the terrorists…. The only “terrorists” government actually attacks is any freedom fighters (whom government calls “terrorists”–against whom government supplies their real terrorists to be confused with in the minds of the mainstream-brainwashed masses) who are trying to eradicate government/terrorism.

  22. Mine not yours says:

    I got a real quick and 100% way to stop this, GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE! Bring back all equipment that’s there or sell it.

  23. In the past, the money diverted to covert operations was spread out over the purchasing program. The military have so little respect for Congress that they’re not even bothering to do that. They just say it is “missing”. The military know what is going on. The Congress knows what is going on. Some of the American people know but most do not know and do not care. It is all a big game!

  24. 2018 Is Now says:

    Our stay in Afghanistan is coming to an end. Expect the Afghan government to make deals
    with Russian and Chinese companies. Afghanistan is rare metals heaven. Lithium galore.
    Yankee go home. Permanently.

    • Mrbud says:

      Spending more money in the MIC is an exercise in futility. Until the Globalists/communists/traitors in the deep state are removed from the gov’t and the bureaucracy……..this is all just farting into the wind.

  25. Naya says:

    Billions are wasted thanks to the US policy of being the worlds policemen. No plan, no exit strategy. Many think we won the Iraq war but we didn’t. Iran will be a total crap hole in ten years. We only won the battle, that’s all. And then we left!!! Like we always do, before we put a fair government in place. Don’t forget the US won in Aphganistan years ago when we kicked the Russians out. THEN we left, letting the country to the crazies.
    And all the while big companies profit.
    Over $62 for a single hot meal in Iraq.
    Fuel cost us $19.21 a gallon as we brought in overland thru Pakistan.

    Billions left behind in vehicles.