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July 21, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Will Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?



Soldier in Afghanistan Last week brought disturbing news that two prominent voices from the private security industry— Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg—are trying to convince the Pentagon to let private security firms replace American troops in Afghanistan. We explain why this i

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

December 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Sheds New Light on Afghanistan Luxury Villas



Photograph of a Task Force villas in Kabul, included in 11/25/15 letter from Special Inspector General John Sopko to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter Sadly, new information about the Pentagon’s $150 million luxury villas in Afghanistan recently disclosed by SIGAR in a letter to Congress may be the final word on this controversial project.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

September 14, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Government Watchdog Identifies Lessons from Afghanistan Reconstruction



Diggers on reconstruction project in Afghanistan, taken by the International Security Assistance Force Public Affairs The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has some important lessons about the systemic corruption that has hindered the 15-year effort to rebuild the war-torn country.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 9, 2016

By Neil Gordon

New Insights into DoD Luxury Villas in Afghanistan



The luxury villas used by the Afghanistan Pentagon Task Force could easily have been featured on MTVs Cribs. A former employee of a controversial Pentagon task force came forward with stories—and photos—of one of the most notorious examples of wasteful spending in the Afghanistan reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

August 8, 2016

By Carter Salis

Watchdog Uncovers Contractor Fraud in U.S. Humanitarian Aid



Photograph of a patient being treated in Aleppo Hospital. More than $200 million in U.S. humanitarian aid to Syria has been frozen after a government watchdog began investigating allegations of contractor fraud. USAID has come under scrutiny for not implementing much needed financial oversight.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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