Sunday, July 23, 2017

Pentagon wasted $28 million on bizarre camouflage for Afghan soldiers

The Pentagon will be called to account for its pricey plan to outfit Afghan soldiers in uniforms with a private-label forest camouflage scheme of dubious value in the desert country. The military squandered $28 million by purchasing uniforms that use a proprietary forest pattern while woodlands cover less than 2% of the country. The Pentagon has spent $93 million since 2007 to buy 1.3 million uniforms for Afghan soldiers. By using a camouflage pattern owned but not currently used by the U.S. military could have saved taxpayers $71 million. The uniform flap has prompted bi-partisan outrage. A report showed Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak chose the camouflage pattern because “he liked what he saw” during an internet search.