23 Jul '13, 11am

Bad contracting may have turned deadly in counter-IED program

A culvert showing a so-called culvert denial system -- grates to block insurgents from placing bombs in culverts running under roads. A report released by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction on Julyu 23, 2013, detailed fraud and negligence in the installation of the systems. Courtesy SIGAR In Afghanistan, a road grader spreads gravel in Regional Command-South in February 2012. Poor contract oversight has not only wasted money; in one case, it may have led to the deaths of U.S. troops. Joseph Koktan/DVIDS KABUL — Of all the dangers American troops face in Afghanistan, shoddy contracting is not one for which they have a battle drill. But poor contract oversight, cited in several reports by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, has not only wasted money in Afghanistan; in one case, it may have led to the deaths of U.S. troops, ...

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