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    Sep 22, 2012
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    This One $486 Million Blunder In Afghanistan Sums Up The Disaster Of Military Spending

    Over a dozen transport planes that the US donated to the Afghan military were sold for scrap metal in yet another sign of questionable American policy in the country.

    A set of high-level US government letters recently disclosed as part of a Pentagon Inspector General's investigation reveal that sixteen G222 military cargo planes were scrapped after years of poor maintenance and failed integration into the Afghan Air Force. The planes were part of a failed military aid package that ran a nearly half-billion dollar price tag for US taxpayers.

    The aircraft were hardly used before being ground down and sold to an Afghan construction company for 6 cents a pound, or a total of $32,000.

    The training of Afghan security forces is a huge challenge for the US, which is pulling most of its troops out of the troubled central Asian country at the end of 2014. Afghan soldiers are responsible for numerous "insider attacks" against coalition troops, including the assassination of a two-star US general in Afghanistan this past August.

    In a memo about "lessons learned" from the debacle, the Pentagon Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction project wrote that the Department of Defense had found problems with the G222 program in January 2013. The project's managing office and NATO's Afghanistan training mission command "did not properly manage the effort to obtain the spare parts needed to keep the aircraft flightworthy."

    The program ran a $486.1 million tag, but the aircraft logged only 234 of the 4,500 required hours from January through September 2012.

    Even then, at that point the aircraft were at least still physically in existence, even if they weren't really being used.




    The Afghan air force obviously wasn't as far along as this huge American investment in hardware anticipated it to be. But in November 2013, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko observed the G222 fleet "parked unused on a tarmac at Kabul International Airport" during a visit to Afghanistan.

    By all accounts, the planes could still be made airworthy. In a letter to the Secretary of the Air Force last week, Sopko called for an inquiry into the scrapping, including whether alternatives like selling the planes had been considered, and what their condition at the time had been when the Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency allowed them to be scrapped. The incident is arguably representative of the US and NATO's failed efforts at setting up a proper Afghan military to keep the Taliban at bay when the US pulls its troops out at the end of this year.

    And it shows how massive Pentagon expenditures can literally end up as scrap metal in just a couple short years. :facepalm::facepalm:

    Read more: A $486 Million Blunder In Afghanistan - Business Insider
  3. hitesh

    hitesh New Member

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    Afghanistan is a black hole which had sucked many super power first it was Soviet now Americans
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  4. datguy79

    datguy79 Regular Member

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    MoD Claims No Input on 20 C-127 Purchase

    In the wake of the news that the U.S. military has sold off 20 carrier planes it purchased for the Afghan National Army (ANA) for scrap, the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) maintained that it was not involved in the purchasing of the planes.

    When the U.S. procured the planes, they were worth $486 million USD. It was recently reported that they were sold for $32,000 USD as scrap metal.

    "When the Americans made this agreement with Italy, we were not advised at all," said Dawlat Waziri, MoD spokesman. "So, the Ministry of Defense did not accept the planes and said that they were too old and were not usable; whatever is done, the Americans have done it."

    Waziri adds that prior to this most recent case, six planes, fuel for which was $60 per liter, were given back to the U.S. forces after they were supplied for the Afghan forces. He added that the planes that were bought in coordination with the ministry are usable.

    "We are very content with the airplanes purchased in consultation with us; we are very happy with the C-140 and M-530," Waziri said. "We are also happy with the fighters purchased for next year, it was purchased with our consultation and our air force commanders have visited them."

    Analysts have said the scrapping of the 20 Italian carrier planes is an example of the kind of waste and misappropriation that the Afghan forces cannot afford at this pivotal time in the security transition with NATO forces.

    "So far the arrangement is unclear," military analyst Jawed Kohistani said. "The agreement was made by the U.S. forces and from the moment the planes got to Kabul, they were unusable."

    Officials at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) media referred TOLOnews to the Pentagon when asked about the matter.

    MoD Claims No Input on 20 C-127 Purchase
  5. Srinivas_K

    Srinivas_K Senior Member Senior Member

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    If we look at this incident in another angle.

    US is portraying Afghan forces as weakly trained non cohesive unit , Which in reality AN is not.

    USA is a business man and they do not like to waste half a billion worth of planes.

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