Investigation Into $34 million US construction project in Afghanistan

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http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/...llion-on-unused-building-in-afghanistan?lite=

An investigation is being carried out into why the U.S. military spent $34 million constructing a building in Afghanistan that has never been used - and may now be demolished.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John Sopko, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and two top generals this week, requesting more information about the project in Helmand Province.

The 64,000-square foot building was commissioned by the Army in February 2010 to be the Command and Control Facility for Regional Command Southwest during the surge.
 

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I'll bet this has a lot to do with our broken contracting and acquisitions process.

On a snarky level, much of this war is a giant case of fraud, waste, and abuse, so what's another 34 mill on the ledger? Besides, if we were winning this thing no one would even notice. A loss opens a lot of ugly doors...
 

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Another link:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world...8cd-11e2-a301-ea5a8116d211_story.html?hpid=z2

The most damning paragraph:

Army planners in South Carolina and at the Pentagon determined that Camp Leatherneck, which had been selected as the headquarters for Marine forces in the south, required a sophisticated command-and-control facility.

Guys (gals) no where near the fight determining what the Marines needed to win the war. Same staff weenies who would scrub a units pre-deployment RFE's to see what they "really needed".

I would love to be the military downsizing czar for a couple of years.
 
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