|Non-inventoried military spare parts in Afghanistan (photo Pier Paolo City, AP)|
But the financial miscues didn’t stop there.
The office in question blew another $138 million on spare parts to cover shortages—without first determining whether the parts were really needed.
The U.S. expected the Afghans to keep records of its inventory, but they did a shoddy job.
“CSTC-A officials…had no historical demand and usage data from the [Afghan Army] or contractors to support their $130 million in parts orders,” SIGAR said in its report (pdf). The Afghan Army also couldn’t say for sure if it received all the parts that were ordered.
Meanwhile, CSTC-A is still operating the same way. The situation may get even worse once the U.S. turns the office over to the Afghans to run it themselves.