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An internal Pentagon audit revealed that the US army in Afghanistan has failed to account for a vast amount of military equipment, including vehicles, advanced weapons systems and even encryption technology.
The investigation discovered that last year 156,000 pieces of military equipment worth almost half-a-billion dollars has been lost, but did not conclude whether the missing supplies could have fallen into enemy hands.
The report criticized Army officials at the main American bases – Bagram Airfield, the largest US base in the country, and at Kandahar – for poor accounting and oversight, concluding that “no one was held financially responsible for the property losses or accountable for missed reporting deadlines.”
Major General Darrell Williams, head of the Army’s 1st Sustainment Command, said in an attached letter to the report that his unit “continues to actively work with strategic commands to improve property management” and understood the need to recruit “responsible officers to manage the massive property requirements in theater,” he wrote.
However, considering that the US Army fielded an estimated $27 billion worth of military equipment in Afghanistan over a 13-year period, the lost supplies represents around 1.5 percent of the total. Due to the military’s failure to report the inventory losses on time, there is a higher likelihood that the missing government property“will not be recovered,” the report said.
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