U.S. Spends $500M On Planes For Afghanistan, Go Unused
Government waste at its finest!
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$500 million was spent to refurbish 20 G222s (C-27A) planes for the Afghan military only to have them sit in airfields in Kabul and Germany.
Yet, the government can’t fix the VA backlog nor keep pensions in tact. INSANE!
The U.S. military spent nearly a half-billion dollars on providing refurbished aircraft to the Afghan Air Force, only to abandon the contract and leave the planes collecting dust on airfields in Kabul and Germany.
With the planes potentially heading for the trash heap of the Afghanistan war, the chief military watchdog overseeing Afghanistan spending is launching a review into the terminated program.
“I’m very troubled with the fact we may have wasted a half-billion dollars on planes that don’t work, will never be flown and will probably be scrapped,” Special Inspector General John F. Sopko told FoxNews.com in a statement. “We intend to get to the bottom of this and hold people accountable.”
Sopko wrote to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other military officials on Dec. 5 informing them of his office’s review. Sopko said the planes are “currently sitting unused” at the Kabul International Airport and Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He stressed the need to “ensure that the U.S. government does not repeat the mistakes made throughout this nearly half billion dollar program.”
Sopko has been on the warpath over military resources wasted in Afghanistan, as the U.S. prepares to withdraw most its troops from the country.
He recently reopened an investigation into a $34 million military facility in southwestern Afghanistan that he’s described as entirely unnecessary.
The story of the G222 aircraft program bares similar themes.
According to the inspector general’s office, the Defense Department in 2008 launched a program to give 20 G222s (C-27A) — military transport aircraft built in Italy — to the Afghans. The department contracted with Alenia Aermacchi North America.