• Afghan Maintenance Program You Pay For Wastes $423 Million

    August 8, 2016

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Military

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    So, Afghanistan. America’s longest and wackiest war will soon enter its 16th year, and is scheduled to run through the next administration, as no one can remember why the U.S. is fighting there anymore and so no one knows when this thing is over. Did we win yet? How would we know?


    None of that matters of course, because plenty of American contractors are in their 16th year of getting filthy rich, thanks to extraordinary amounts of money being spent with no effective oversight by the Department of Defense. Let’s have the latest example.

    Our friends at the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) are the poor b*stards charging with keeping track of all this waste. Once upon a time the point of an Inspector General was to point things out to upper management, like generals or Congress, so problems could be addressed. In 2016, the point of the Inspector General is to be ignored because no one in Washington actually care to fix anything.

    Nonetheless, SIGAR has its job, and so has published an audit of America’s Afghan National Army Technical Equipment Maintenance Program, designed to maintain Afghan army vehicles at our expense and develop a vehicle maintenance capacity within the army.

    It has not gone well. The audit notes:

    — The five-year contract, originally valued at a fixed price of nearly $182 million, increased to $423 million due to contract modifications. The thing is still amusingly referred to as a “fixed price contract,” because words mean something else in the land of fairies and procurement.

    — The failure of the contractor, Afghanistan Integrated Support Services, to meet its most basic contract requirements and program objectives, and Department of Defense inaction to correct contractor deficiencies and seek repayment of funds, has resulted in not only the waste of U.S. taxpayer funds but in the need for a new maintenance contract that is projected to cost more than $1 billion over the next five years.

    — The contract was originally structured based on the assumption that the Afghan army had the capability to provide spare parts when and where they were needed, and that the Afghan army was capable of performing higher-level maintenance tasks, even though it had ample evidence that such capabilities did not exist.

    — The U.S. placed orders for spare parts for Afghan army vehicles without accurate information as to what parts were needed or already in stock.

    — The contract performance metric did not accurately assess contractor performance or progress toward contract objectives.

    — The contractor was cited 113 times for failing to fulfill contract requirements.

    — SIGAR found a number of instances where DOD could have demanded, but did not demand, repayment for services not rendered or inadequate services rendered.

    — The contractor was compensated for repairs it made based on the number of vehicles in the Afghan vehicle fleet and not on the actual number of vehicles repaired. Payments to the contractor based on Afghan army vehicle inventory and not vehicles actually repaired resulted in escalating per-vehicle repair costs from a low of $1,889 to a high per-vehicle repair cost of $51,395.

    — The Afghan army continues to suffer gaps in vehicle readiness, accountability, maintenance management, and supply chain management, and that these gaps affected their ability to execute military operations.

    Some of this could possibly explain why the U.S. keeps losing the war.




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    • chuck said...

      1

      American Exceptionali$m for the Military Industrial Complex.

      08/8/16 7:06 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”Afghanistan. America’s longest and wackiest war will soon enter its 16th year, and is scheduled to run through the next administration, as no one can remember why the U.S. is fighting there anymore.”

      16 yrs. A trillion dollars or more. Living proof Barnum’s most famous axiom should be engraved in Marble above the entry to Congress. In a parallel universe of sanity..every single scum sucking Congress member would be tarred and feathered in a single day.. if not hung.

      “Did we win yet? How would we know?”
      Win what? Who is the enemy? Oh..wait.. it’s us.

      “Payments to the contractor based on Afghan army vehicle inventory and not vehicles actually repaired resulted in escalating per-vehicle repair costs from a low of $1,889 to a high per-vehicle repair cost of $51,395.”

      Hahahahahaha.. and here I thought US auto repair shops were hiway robbers. This redefines the word “sucker”, notwithstanding MORONS.

      “Some of this could possibly explain why the U.S. keeps losing the war.”

      War? What war? This isn’t WAR. This is a game. To see who can loot the American taxpayer the longest.
      I can just hear the CEO’s of these corporations rolling on the floor in gut splitting laughter at the stupidity of the Dumbest Fucking Country on the Planet.

      sheeezuss. You can’t make this SHIT up.

      08/8/16 7:13 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Our military contractors need to clothe and feed their girlfriends. Wives’ too. No one wants to be on entitlement programs, right?

      08/8/16 8:50 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

      4

      “SIGAR found a number of instances where DOD could have demanded, but did not demand, repayment for services not rendered or inadequate services rendered.”

      We should all have offshore bank accoounts.

      08/8/16 11:11 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

      5

      The Russians had a try with Afghanistan (thought I would add Russians so the Putinoia would create more Fear, not Truth.

      08/8/16 12:43 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      6

      I see an opening for ISIS mechanics to teach the Afghans how to keep their vebicles serviced and ready. Damn this whole war on Islam is starting to look like it was waged by THE ONION.

      08/8/16 2:10 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      “Some of this could possibly explain why the U.S. keeps losing the war.”

      What war? Who are we fighting?

      Just declare victory and leave before the US Civil War begins. Trump just fired the first shot at Hillarious.

      08/9/16 5:27 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      8

      Latest email trove points to Clinton Foundation ties with State Department. Recovered secret memo to Putin.
      “The magnificent Csarist tradition of Russia is now alive and well in the USA, Cackle cackle”. Czaress Hillary.

      08/10/16 8:59 AM | Comment Link

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