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    Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    The U.S. Army lost nearly half of a billion dollars-worth of equipment in Afghanistan, a new report from the military's watchdog says.

    Late last week the Department of Defense's Inspector General published the summary of an audit report it conducted for fiscal year 2013 and said that the 401st Army Field Support Brigade "did not report in a timely manner 15,600 pieces of missing equipment valued at approximately $419.5 million."

    The summary did not describe the kind of equipment that went missing, or when, and stated that part of the problem was that the 401st "did not consider the inventory lost." The summary did not expand on that and the full report was not posted online.
    Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    The more I learn about what happens in the Middle East, the more I wonder what the heck we are doing there… And who are those people in charge of the mess?
    Seriously, $420 million-worth of equipment lost… Quite a lot.
    If we add here some other numbers like $20.2 billion spent in 200-2013 in Afghanistan and Iraq on air conditioning; or that one day in Afghanistan costs around $80 million… we can get a picture of a massive spending. Spending of the money that could’ve been used to develop our country’s economy, for a change.

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    Re: Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Tameamea View Post
    Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    The more I learn about what happens in the Middle East, the more I wonder what the heck we are doing there… And who are those people in charge of the mess?
    Seriously, $420 million-worth of equipment lost… Quite a lot.
    If we add here some other numbers like $20.2 billion spent in 200-2013 in Afghanistan and Iraq on air conditioning; or that one day in Afghanistan costs around $80 million… we can get a picture of a massive spending. Spending of the money that could’ve been used to develop our country’s economy, for a change.
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    Re: Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    Well, quite frankly, it's not a problem specific to the military. It's a huge problem with just about any federal level spending. There seems to be little accountability, and huge amounts of money that get wasted, or just disappear.
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    Re: Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    A lot of it is probably theft and pilferage more than anything else. The cargo containers carrying our supplies and equipment are often transported by third party contractors rather than US forces. Given the fact that those third parties are often crooked as Hell, and tend to travel through countries where we have no official presence, it's not at all uncommon for our shipments to either be broken into en route to their destination, or simply disappear entirely.

    The same goes for any cargo left unattended for too long. We don't have the manpower to guard everything ourselves, and local law enforcement aren't really paid enough to give a damn (where they aren't blatantly working against us), so break-ins are pretty common.

    I've heard stories of container management crews rolling into areas with breached cargo yards, just to find half of everyone in town running around wearing US military issue night vision goggles and load bearing vests.
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    Re: Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    Hmm I work inventory at my job, if something like that happened at work my ass would be fired lol
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    Re: Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Well, quite frankly, it's not a problem specific to the military. It's a huge problem with just about any federal level spending. There seems to be little accountability, and huge amounts of money that get wasted, or just disappear.
    Bingo. That is because DoD (and other federal agencies) never seem to need to justify (except to their own IGs) where that money/equipment goes. Much of it goes to "private" contractors or foreign governments that are accountable to nobody - like the one that created the, very impressive, healthcare.gov website.
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    Re: Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Hmm I work inventory at my job, if something like that happened at work my ass would be fired lol
    Yup. That's the problem with government contracts in general, however.

    There's virtually no accountability whatsoever.

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    Re: Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Hmm I work inventory at my job, if something like that happened at work my ass would be fired lol
    Do you send soldiers to the battlefield?

    420 million, over 13 years? That's nothing!
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    Re: Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    Just the tip of the iceberg as they say. Fraud and US military go hand in hand these days. Way over 10 billion was lost in Iraq and I bet that the numbers are similar in Afghanistan. Most of it stolen by US contractors and local corrupt politicians working with military personnel. Very few are ever caught and even fewer are ever prosecuted.
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    Re: Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    Quote Originally Posted by Tameamea View Post
    Army Lost Nearly $420M-Worth of Equipment in Afghanistan

    The more I learn about what happens in the Middle East, the more I wonder what the heck we are doing there… And who are those people in charge of the mess?
    Seriously, $420 million-worth of equipment lost… Quite a lot.
    If we add here some other numbers like $20.2 billion spent in 200-2013 in Afghanistan and Iraq on air conditioning; or that one day in Afghanistan costs around $80 million… we can get a picture of a massive spending. Spending of the money that could’ve been used to develop our country’s economy, for a change.
    Yes. Afghanistan was relatively expensive. Iraq was more expensive. But didn't you know that?

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