Pentagon wasting so much money, it stopped investigating who wasted $800 million
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In 2011, the final report of the congressionally mandated Commission on Wartime Contracting estimated that somewhere between $31 billion and $60 billion taxpayer dollars had been lost to fraud and waste in the American “reconstruction” of Iraq and Afghanistan.
A $75 million police-academy in Iraq where feces rained through the ceiling. The american construction-company promised to repair it... for another $75 million. There's still feces and urine dripping through the ceiling.
$40 million for a prison that was never finished.
$3.4 million went to an iraqi construction-company to build a teaching-center in Afghanistan. They took the money and walked away.
$300 million to build roads in Iraq. 25% was siphoned off by the company and the rest was used for 100 miles of road... 10 times what other roads cost.
$2.58 million for a chicken-processing-plant in Iraq that never processed a chicken.
$50 million for a military-headquarter in Afghanistan that the US-military didn't want and tried to stop from being built, but Congress forced it through.
465,000 small arms that the US shipped to Afghanistan and lost track off.
Most recently, there was the Task Force for Business Stability Operations, an $800-million Pentagon project to help jump-start the Afghan economy. It was shut down only six months ago and yet, in response to requests from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Pentagon swears that there are “no Defense Department personnel who can answer questions about” what the task force did with its money. As ProPublica’s Megan McCloskey writes, “The Pentagon’s claims are particularly surprising since Joseph Catalino, the former acting director of the task force who was with the program for two years, is still employed by the Pentagon as Senior Advisor for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism."
$43 million for a compressed natural gas station (10 times the cost of an ordinary gas-station)... in an area in Afghanistan where there are neither natural gas nor cars who run on natural gas.
$15 million in fuel sold by US-soldiers to Afghans on the black-market.
$25 billion to create an iraqi army... that employed 50,000 "ghost soldiers" who only existed to have their salaries siphoned off by corrupt commanders.
25% of the afghani police are estimated to consist of such "ghosts".
$384 million to train 200 US-friendly syrian rebels. According to congressional testimony, out of those 200, only 4 or 5 are still in the field in Syria. The General who oversaw this program is in line for a promotion.
2014: Pentagon says 90% of its funds can now be audited
2015: Marine Corps fails audit, auditors get overruled, Marine Corps magically passes audit
You know what the Pentagon needs?