25 Jul '17, 10pm

Criminal investigation launched into $28M in US funds wasted on Afghan uniforms:

WASHINGTON — The United States has launched a criminal probe into wasteful spending on Afghan National Army uniforms that cost American taxpayers some $28 million during the last 10 years, a top U.S. oversight official for Afghanistan told lawmakers Tuesday. It is too early in the investigation to determine if stupidity, corruption or a broken system led to the United States purchasing about 1.3 million uniforms for the Afghan army in a woodland camouflage pattern, owned by a Canadian company, instead of using one of 12 Defense Department-owned camouflage patterns, said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction. The DOD-owned patterns would have been free for the Afghan army to acquire. He warned if the program is not adjusted quickly, it could cost American taxpayers another $72 million in unnecessary spending on camouflage pattern licensing...

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