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January 10, 2018

By Neil Gordon

Audit Finds Pentagon Task Force Squandered Millions, Had Few Successes



SIGAR abandoned goat farm A Pentagon office that spent $675 million on economic development projects in Afghanistan was rife with waste and achieved “mixed results,” according to an audit report released this week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Contract Oversight

November 6, 2017

By Neil Gordon

Pentagon Nixes Release of Afghan Reconstruction Data—Again



Marines show Afghan National Police officers how to disassemble their new M16A2 assault rifles to clean them at Bost Airport in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, Aug. 16, 2017. For the second time in two years, the Pentagon has classified information on the capabilities of the Afghan security forces that was previously reported to the public. Will the Pentagon stand by its shaky justification, or will it have a change of heart li

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government, National Security

July 27, 2017

By Nicholas Pacifico

SecDef Mattis Commends IG Efforts and Highlights DoD Shortcomings



Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis uses an Inspector General report on Department of Defense misspending in Afghanistan to highlight agency-wide issues.

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Topics: Government Accountability

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

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