Military Makes Big Oops in Afghanistan

US Department of Defense

The United States military lost high-tech military equipment in Afghanistan.

According to The Washington Free Beacon:

The Defense Department lost advanced military gear sent to bolster coalition forces in Afghanistan, raising the risk that this proprietary equipment falls into the hands of terrorist forces still operating in the war-torn country, according to a new government oversight report.

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Around 60 percent of the military items transferred to Afghan forces were not properly inventoried, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, which oversees the Defense Department’s spending on the war. In one case, 19 of nearly 50 night-vision goggles given to the Afghan National Defense and Security Services in the past year were captured by enemy forces. U.S. officials admitted to the inspector that they have never been able to inventory 100 percent of the military equipment sent to Afghanistan due to the volatile security situation.

The Defense Department “did not meet its own oversight requirements for monitoring sensitive defense articles transferred to the Afghan government, leaving them susceptible to theft or loss,” according to the report. “The requirements are designed to minimize national security risks by preventing the diversion or misuse of defense articles that incorporate sensitive technology.” Current procedures stipulate the U.S. account for all of its military gear at least once a year.

The report spotlights the ongoing difficulties the United States faces in arming Afghan troops and ensuring the weaponry does not fall into enemy hands. In some cases, the United States has not tracked sensitive military equipment for several years, “increasing the chance that they could be lost or stolen.” During the 2019 reporting period, the Afghan military reported that more than 1,500 combat items were captured by enemy forces. Another 1,422 were either “destroyed, damaged, or lost.”

The report found that personell did not implement the policies needed to keep track of this sensitive equipment.

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Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
1 year ago

Everyone who’s served understands the chaos, even in peace time. In my opinion, the worst abandonment was in Vietnam where we left behind almost 4,000 war dogs, mostly German Shepherds.

geneww38
1 year ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

Understand how serious having loss those dogs that never could be or was used against our forces before they became good tasting meals. Losing high tech equipment does not fall into that category and I believe, when if ever the truth be known, that equipment was sold and not lost.!!!

Larry Chambers
Larry Chambers
1 year ago
Reply to  geneww38

Thank you!!!! BINGO!!!

RANDALL CRAIG
RANDALL CRAIG
1 year ago

THIS WOULD BE ON WHOEVER THE MILITARY HAD IN CHARGE OF THE EQUIPMENT ! HOPEFULLY IT WAS DISCOVERED WHO WAS SO NEGLIGENT THAT LET THIS OCCUR AND HE WAS REPLACED !!!

Brother
Brother
1 year ago
Reply to  RANDALL CRAIG

That will never happen. I’ve personally witnessed military equipment being thrown overboard to make room for personal items on our return to home port. In my four years in the Navy I never witnessed any inventory taken on equipment. Government does not run like business because no one cares about the dollars… dollars are a bottomless pit.

Becky
Becky
1 year ago
Reply to  Brother

Technically and more accurately, there is no desire to count dollars because it’s free to steal from taxpayers.
It’s that simple.

Michael j Gossman
Michael j Gossman
1 year ago

Fire the General in charge

Larry Chambers
Larry Chambers
1 year ago

No, no, no, give him jail time, this is bs. Think of the significance.

Becky
Becky
1 year ago

And part of the ongoing, Globalist issue is that muslims are now receiving our arms since China was given or stole our weaponry for decades.
The Globalist fascists are setting up a world controlled by murdering muzzies and Communist Chinese.
This is no accident.

Ashley Rose
Ashley Rose
1 year ago

JUST get the USA OUT of Afghanistan !! What a waste of time and money over the years !!

Donald Pugh Sr
Donald Pugh Sr
1 year ago

My educated guess, based on the chaos in VN is that no one paid, at least not yet! Swift justice does not exist anymore.

Mo Hogue
Mo Hogue
1 year ago
Reply to  Donald Pugh Sr

So true because today you might hurt someones feelings if the truth was known.

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