7 insane problems outlined in the new afghan reconstruction report
The investigation agency released a quarterly report to Congress on Wednesday, investigating states --
This sentence summarizes the project and project: \"Poor planning, poor construction quality, mechanical failure and supervision are not in place.
\"Afghanistan is the largest reconstruction project in the history of the United States and has consumed $104 billion so far.
\"Adjusted for inflation, the US allocation for reconstruction in Afghanistan exceeded the Marshall Plan, and the US aid program provided billions of dollars between 1948 and 1952, help 16 European countries recover after World War II.
\"Is it worth it for yourself? 1. The $1. 57-
Billion firetrap believes that even if they spend $1, engineers in the American army will see the bright side.
The cost of providing unqualified facilities for the Afghan army was 57 billion.
The problem is polyurethane foam insulation that does not meet the minimum requirements.
USACE acknowledged that 1,600 of the 2,000 buildings \"increased risk in the event of a fire\", but urged SIGAR not to worry.
\"The typical occupants of these facilities are young, suitable for Afghan soldiers and recruits who have the ability to retreat in a hurry in the context of development, a senior US official explained in a memorandum issued on last January.
In other words, they can jump out of the window.
Sounds like a good idea.
Apart from the fact that some of the buildings affected are Barracks, soldiers may sleep there, and medical clinics may be there, not all occupants can run.
However, the unqualified facilities also include fire stations. 2.
The Taliban\'s contract the US Army has decided that confidential information enough to make a person a target and killed is not enough to prevent that person from accepting a contract from the US government.
John Thorpe, the special inspector general, was apparently annoyed.
\"It is disturbing that our government can and does use confidential information to arrest, detain and even kill individuals related to the Afghan insurgency, but apparently, the same confidential information cannot be used to deny these people the right to enter into a contract with the US government, \"he wrote in the introduction to the latest report.
Sopko has been fighting this battle for a while.
\"As I pointed out in the last five quarterly reports ,[this]
\"This is not only legally wrong, but also contrary to sound policies and national security goals,\" he wrote . \".
It\'s crazy too, but sopco can\'t say that.
But he is very close.
\"I continue to urge the defense minister and Congress to change this wrong policy and impose common sense on the military\'s suspension and demobilization plan. ”3. The $7. 6-
At least agriculture is booming.
According to the report, \"Afghan farmers are growing more opium poppy today than ever before, and the value of opium and its derivatives in 2013 is estimated at $3 billion, equivalent to 15% of Afghanistan\'s gross domestic product, this is a significant increase over 2012.
\"Not only is production rising, but marketing is also going smoothly.
\"Afghan heroin is increasingly entering new markets, such as Oceania and South West Asia, which are traditionally supplied from Southeast Asia.
Sounds like a report from the Chamber of Commerce, isn\'t it;
The prosperity of the heroin industry is not our goal.
The United States has already invested $7.
Anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan reached 6 billion, which seems to have only stimulated growth.
\"Afghanistan is already the world\'s largest producer and grower of opium poppy, growing for the third consecutive year (
From 154,000 hectares in 2012 to 209,000 hectares in 2013)—
Afghan Local Police: It sounds like a good idea to watch the Fox in the chicken house.
The Afghan Local Police aims to \"strengthen local governance by training local Afghans in rural areas, protecting their communities from insurgents and other illegal armed groups.
\"So far, the United States has invested $0. 214 billion in this local force, and overall, the project is a success.
\"According to an independent assessment released last quarter, the public\'s view of the value of community security in Alpe is generally very positive,\" the report said . \".
However, SIGAR says there is a fairly large \"but\": \"The unpaid ALP units are charged with predatory behavior, corruption and criminal acts . \".
An example of this unattractive behavior is in eastern Afghanistan, where an Alpe force \"cut off the wires from Kabul to Eastern Rahman and the province of Nangarhar in retaliation for three
SIGAR suggested, \"If the Afghan government is not able to meet the number of jobs, this could be a sign of future turmoil. ”5.
Over the past decade or so, the US Department of Defense has provided Afghan national security forces with more than 747,000 weapons and ancillary equipment worth about $0. 626 billion.
There are many guns.
In fact, there are too many weapons: \"SIGAR found that as of November 2013, more than 112,000 weapons were provided to Afghan National Airlines and Afghan national airlines.
\"It refers to the Afghan National Army and the National Police respectively.
So how will Afghan security forces deal with these redundant rifles, pistols, machine guns and grenade launchers, because Afghanistan is in a very volatile area, concerns about weapons falling into the hands of the bad guys are always worrying, so there must be an iron tracking system, \"As for the weapons provided to the Afghan National Police, there are no standardized or automated systems to explain them.
On the contrary, Xin Ansu uses hard-
Maintain inventory records by copying documents, handwritten records, and some Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. ”6.
Afghan Army: all guns, no butter Afghan National Security Forces are 13-
Years of reconstruction.
S. combat forces will be evacuated by the end of this year, and the burden of defending the country from the insurgency will fall mainly on Afghans themselves. This, says Gen.
NATO commander in Afghanistan Joseph Dunford could be a disaster.
\"I don\'t believe that if we leave at the end of 2014, these forces will be sustainable,\" the SIGAR report quoted him as saying . \".
\"In order for Afghans to be able to do for them what we have been doing so far, some major capacity gaps must be addressed.
\"One of the main things we \'ve been doing for them is giving them money.
Most of the reconstruction funds
$62 billion since 2002
Went to the army.
According to SIGAR, an independent assessment of the Naval Analysis Center calculates that in a possible 373,400-2015 security environment, Afghanistan will need \"a total security force of about 2018 personnel . . . . . . .
\"It will increase the risk of instability,\" they warned . \"
The problem is that Afghanistan cannot afford it at all.
The army will spend more than three times the entire Afghan budget without leaving anything for infrastructure and social services.
\"Even if the Afghan government uses all its domestic revenues to maintain the Afghan army and police, it will still be able to pay only about part three related expenses,\" SIGAR wrote . \".
\"All other expenses --
People who pay salaries for civil servants and who operate and maintain roads, schools, hospitals and other non-military infrastructure and projects
It must be funded or abandoned by international donors.
SIGAR added that it was \"unwise\" even if possible \". ”7.
When talking about Afghanistan, elephants in any room are ubiquitous, massive, bare corruption that permeates almost every aspect of life.
According to NATO\'s former commander in Afghanistan, Gen.
John Allen, corruption is the biggest threat to Afghanistan\'s future.
Worse than the Taliban.
There is a lot of discussion about anti-corruption.
In 2008, the president of Afghanistan set up a special body to deal with this issue-supervision and counter-Corruption (HOOAC).
HOOAC is a rather unattractive acronym, acronym, which sounds more like a throat
A fully functional mechanism.
SIGAR said it is worthy of the name: \"The State Department and the United States Agency for International Development\" have previously reported that the senior office for supervision and anti-corruption is dysfunctional, ineffective, and politicized . . . . . .
The State Council is not the Ministry of Justice.
Engaged to HOO this quarter.
So, with the $104 billion reconstruction effort at stake, what the United States is doing on corruption is very concise: \"The United States does not have a comprehensive strategy or guidance in the fight against corruption.
So much has been done to rebuild Afghanistan.