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January 22, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Senate Examines Controversial DoD Afghanistan Task Force



Afghanistan Construction Truck There were plenty of fireworks at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on a Pentagon task force that spent $638 million to revive Afghanistan's economy.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

January 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Millions of Dollars Wasted in Afghan Extractives Program



Afghanistan Mining Dig Extractive The Pentagon Task Force that spent $43 million on a gas station and $150 million on luxury villas might have wasted up to $54 million on efforts to revive Afghanistan's oil, gas, and minerals industries.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 23, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Senate Probing Possible Reprisal Against DoD Task Force Whistleblower



The photograph shows the pumps at the CNG filling station constructed by TFBSO in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. The Pentagon task force responsible for the $43 million gas station in Afghanistan is in the news again, this time over claims by its former chief that he is the victim of whistleblower retaliation.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

November 2, 2015

By Neil Gordon

DoD Pays Premium for Gas Station in Afghanistan



The photograph shows the pumps at the CNG filling station constructed by TFBSO in Sheberghan, Afghanistan. The Pentagon won't explain why it spent nearly $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan that shouldn't have cost more than $500,000.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 25, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

To Safeguard the Military, Congress Must Protect Whistleblowers



U.S. Army Soldiers Salute Far too often, whistleblowers are unfairly punished for their efforts to bring accountability to the armed services, and the systems in place to protect them are completely inadequate.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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