IG: ANSF construction ‘at risk of being wasted’

IG: ANSF construction ‘at risk of being wasted’

The $11.7 billion the U.S. has sunk into facilities housing Afghan military and police forces will likely go to waste once U.S. and coalition forces leave Afghanistan, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

U.S. taxpayers continue to provide the bulk of funding for the Afghan national security forces leaving questions about the status of those facilities once that amount of support is drastically reduced after 2014. In the IG’s latest report, the inspectors found the Afghan government has made small steps toward maintaining these facilities, but not enough progress has been made once U.S. support is pulled back.

“[The Ministry of Interior] has not recruited the necessary personnel and implemented the systems required to develop a self-sustaining police force. Instead, the ministry continues to rely on U.S. and coalition funding and support, decreasing the likelihood that the ministry will be able to sustain [Afghan National Police] facilities in the long run.” the inspectors wrote. “As a result, U.S. funds invested in the construction and maintenance of ANSF facilities, particularly police facilities, are at risk of being wasted.”


Afghanistan faces significant challenges toward sustaining the military that the U.S. has built for it. Leading the pack is the fact that 90 percent of the Afghan soldiers and policemen can’t read.

Second is funding. The U.S. dedicated $800 million starting in 2011 to provide operations and maintenance for Afghan facilities until the Afghans can take over the job themselves. That was supposed to provide O&M through 2015. However, the funding will dry up in March 2014, according to the IG report.

U.S. contractor ITT Exelis Systems Corporation provides most of the O&M for Afghan facilities. For the most part, inspectors gave the contractor middling grades, however, they questioned whether ITT charged the government for work outside their contract.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers couldn’t verify that ITT was charging for work outside of their contract because the Army Corps was “not implementing standardized procedures for overseeing service contracts and Exelis’ incomplete implementation of quality control efforts,” according to the IG report.

The Pentagon knows it has a problem in transitioning Afghan national security force facilities over to the Afghans along with a host of other logistics challenges. However, Defense Department officials said these audits are helpful toward tackling those problems while the U.S. has a little more than a year in Afghanistan.

“I think we’ve been very clear-eyed in our public statements about the fact that, while we’re making progress, challenges remain,” said George Little, the Pentagon spokesman. “I think reports such as this are helpful in identifying some of the issues we continue to confront, and we certainly take their concerns on board.”

U.S. officials faced similar logistical problems in Iraq a year before U.S. forces were set to leave. U.S. Army logistics leaders scrambled to prepare Iraqis to support their own military without U.S. aid.

However, Iraqis couldn’t execute basic logistical services such as delivering spare parts to units before their U.S. trainers left. The U.S. spent millions of pristine warehouses stocked full with Humvee parts. Unfortunately, those parts rarely made it to the units who needed them.

U.S. logistical leaders face a steeper challenge with the Afghanistan national security forces. The IG found the Afghan Ministries of Interior and Defense lack personnel with even the most basic budgeting and logistical skills.

“The complexity of these critical facilities requires skilled, experienced personnel who can operate and maintain them independently, which most Afghan personnel are currently unable to do. For example, Exelis officials told us that an individual must be able to read O&M and technical manuals and blueprints in order to operate power and waste water treatment plants.”

Here is the entire report in its entirety.

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God we dont need to build for a force who has the enemy with them in there ranks and shoots our men in the back. We wasted Billions on those clowns.

We build them stuff they don’t even use or maintain.

And the Afghans wonder why they’re not decked out with the all same modern tools to fight their own war that American/western servicemen have.

Why are their casualties so much higher than Coalition Force casualties these days? It’s not because they lack the basic equipment (or even advanced equipment.) It’s because they fail to implement the basics of tactical movement. They choose to patrol in a Ford Ranger over an armored humvee. Their situational awareness drops when they know an IED jammer is turned on. They get into operational habits that insurgents determine patterns from, then get killed because their behavior is so predictable.

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There are a myriad of examples that demonstrate the same thing: the ANSF’s effectiveness, in too many cases, is the result of their own poor choices–not the lack of training or money. Yes, they’ll still need and ask for help post-2014; however, it should be conditional on their ability to clean up their own house and heed the counsel of those from whom their outside support and resources come.

Part of the problem in this corner of the earth is that personal initiative is discouraged, because it signals that someone is out for another’s job. Good luck breaking that cultural norm and successfully cleaning the Afghan house from the inside out. “Mission success” in AFG is going to take a freaking miracle.

Maybe not destroying them in the first place was better…

They didnt have them in the first place. Astan prior to the US invasion is about at the back end of nation on this planet. Just before we got there the taliban was blowing up millennia old budist statues made of gold because they werent islam. The life span of a women was around 30-40yrs.

If we had sone what we should have which would have been either

a) Blow everything to hell so much that the world understands we wont accept that shit.

b) go in imperialist style impose a american government and agenda and force them to live like civilized beings. Which they arent. They are the remains of the tribes which conquered the region LONG ago. They have just never developed the culture to have a civilization.

Whats more option B is impossible with pakistan which views afghanistan as their own territory. The ISI has sabatoged everything we have tried for years. Add to this the shitty ass ability of state and its political appointees to find the more corrupt idiots of the intirely corrupt nation of Astan to ty and run this backwards collection of tribes and its all impossible.

Bottom line. We need to pull out the present administration assured this end with its blabing of time tables and its BEGGING of the taliban to come to the table (why? they only have to wait a year or so).

In the end we have created the view for the radical jihadist and the millions of other assholes out there who see the US and western style democracy as the enemy and view their own people as cattle and pray.
Dont worry it will only be your children who die by the thousands and endless wars of radical jihad as the muslim world breaks down into shit.

Fight the war as hard as possible to absolute victory or just die these were the two option which were realistic. We chose none of the above which is unrealistic

Did you all forget that we are talking about people who the majority of still live in mud huts. Did you expect these people to in ten years become and have the ability to effectively run a nation, and become masters of themselves. More than 70 percent of the population is illiterate. Should we have expected more????????

This is another example that DoD and the Army are incapable of executing basic operations. They should give up delusional grand visions of airsea or strategic land dominance or whatever the latest gold ring in the pig snout until they can atleast manage a stinking contract.

The Present Administration isn’t great, but the problem (as I see it) is the mission — it’s nation building. COIN = nation building.

It’s an un-winnable mission given our constraints.

Maybe our President should have another review and ditch the nation building and the present mission.

well Belesari has some interesting points. I personally would’ve gone Patton on that country and laid it to waste (kill every single bad guy and level every village that supported them) and then put in a American “governor” to run the place, wipe out the poppy farms, bring in real agriculture, institute a “local” brand of representative government, oversea their infrastructure, US style schools, police force etc, and build a couple of permanent bases there and make the place a US protectorate (not quite a territory)

But before I did that, I would’ve given Pakistan the “talk” and tell them you can have a “not greater friend or a nor greater enemy than the US, it’s your choice”

But now that we have dick-ed around for so long and didn’t go Patton on them, the bad guys are still there, and not going anywhere soon. Our only choice to have a continual presence there of some sort so that the present “Stan government doesn’t fall the minute we leave and then we have to start all over again 3 years from now.

We need to learn the lesson from WWII. We were very hard on Germany after the war, we hunted down every single Nazi and hung them on the spot. We ran the place for quite awhile until they got their act together. Same thing needs to happen in the “Stan, we need to run the place until they get their act together. It will never happen with the present “Stan leadership in place.

Germany was already a Western modern state before we leveled them. These guys are stone age and hate foreigners.

Moreover, the only way to possibly bring Pakistan into line, would be to wage war against them. I’m not even sure that would work, because many of the people in that country already have nothing to lose.

It took 30–40 years for S. Korea to become a half decent nation and they started at about the same position as Afghanistan, but without the religious problems, and more resources, the ocean. Maybe in 30 years, and forcing, HAHAHAHA, common sense judicial system on them, the Afghani people might have a chance. No way will that happen in this P.O.S. multicultural B.S. that has been brain washed into our children. Sorry, all cultures are NOT equal and never will be. There are intrinsic values of a culture that clash with civility, equality, and prosperity. PS. There is no such thing as a perfectly fair world.

you probably right about that, pulling a society up from stone age to third world status may be an impossible task

but if we cut and run (which is the current plan) what have we gained for all of our spent blood and treasure? They will simply revert back to their Taliban, tribal ways quickly and Al Queida will claim victory

thus, I go back to my argument, we need to actually govern the place for probably the next 10–15 years until they can get their act together. Make the place a US protectorate, bring in the necessary resource to help them establish a functioning society with the goal of turning it over to them if they can demonstrate that they can run the place after 10–15 years

it took us away to right post WWII Germany of the Nazi influence and get them back on track, same with Japan. What the “stan need is the same method, go in form a new democratic government, write a Constitution, set up laws and a court system, etc,

A total waste of blood and treasure. Burning the place to the ground and seeing what rouse from the ashes could have been a better response.

“Afghanistan faces significant challenges toward sustaining the military that the U.S. has built for it. Leading the pack is the fact that 90 percent of the Afghan soldiers and policemen can’t read.”

Which goes back to question one. What was the mission?

Was it:

A) Temporarily remove the Taliban, then leave with the expectation that we will be back after Afghanistan is once against a terror incubator and the source of another strike on American soil?

B) Rebuild Afghanistan so we can stop sending people to die there twenty years later.

At the moment, the “cost” of Afghanistan is still less than the cost of 9/11…and if we had not invaded Iraq, it would’ve been a pretty good deal. The cost of temporarily going in to remove the Taliban and then leave is cheaper still. Pity the Saudis are smart enough to avoid the whole peacekeeping deal.

Sadly, there’s another subset of literate people, and that would be those who went to a madrassas, who were taught how to read if only to read the Qu’ran.

The better question is: how many people are honest, are Muslim but not Salafi and willing to fight to repel what is a foreign, Saudi-funded, Pakistani backed flavor of Islam…for non-Muslim, non-Arabic speaking, Americans and Europeans? It’s a tough sell.

The rise of the Taliban should’ve taught us that a few literate guys with a vision can direct a massed, illiterate army to do things it would not have been able to do otherwise.

What you’re suggesting is to simply keep your hand in the sausage grinder until it takes your arm. The Soviets were in it for a decade…and the ANA couldn’t keep it together for long after they left and the collapse of the Soviet Union made their supply situation…tenuous.

big difference between Russia and the US lead coalition.

The Russian’s were simply slaughtering everyone and anyone. good or bad, and we can’t forget why they invaded in the first place-they wanted the place for their own. That’s why they failed.

We don’t want the country, we just want to place to be stable and not a breeding ground for the bad guys.

well said

Too hell with rebuilding. Let’s go back to the mission as it was day 1. Special forces tracking and killing al-queda.

Yes, until Al Qaeda is replaced by some other group with a different name and a different agenda.

We spent the ‘80s worrying about Hezbollah, Black September and Palestinians to worry about the rise of radicals trained in Pakistan/Afghanistan.

Fair enough, but people like Drake1 and Broken might disagree.

Loks like Obama has worked the same subtrefuge on the ill-informed American as the Taliban works on their own. They have both seized control.

None of this is news. The Congressional Commision on Wartimme Contracting in Iraq & Afghanistan (CWC) issued a number of detailed reports to Congress pointing out the lack of O&M and problems with large infrastructure project sustainability in both theaters once the U.S. withdrew. They issued a Final Report to Congress in Fall of 2011. The Commission’s reports estimated that Billions of U.S. taxpayer money would be wasted if the problems were not addressed. Search for the Commission’s website for information that will shock and make you wonder how the U.S. Congress allowed this to happen. Happy reading folks.

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