GAO report suggests it would have been cheaper to just blow them upBy Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
The report says the Army and Marines may have flouted Pentagon guidelines that call for all transportation costs to be considered before going on a shipping spree. Another option for unnecessary vehicles like these: Give them to US allies. But an analyst from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says that could ultimately prove to be an unwise move. "When we leave vehicles with our partners, we run the risk of those vehicles falling into the wrong hands, as they have in Iraq," the analyst told USA Today in an email.
This isn't the first time the Pentagon has been on the hot seat for mismanaged funds: The military accrued more than $620 million in late fees for not returning on time shipping containers used to send supplies to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Navy Times reported in April.