Behold Your Afghan Air Fleet: How U.S. Paid $549 Million For Defective Cargo Planes and Then Sold Them For $40,257 Of Scrap Metal

If you wish to learn why waste and conflicts of interests are really prevalent in the USA, you will need to look no further than the recent accounts of he Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on the so-called G222 program. I wrote about this program in 2013 however we now have the end effect of the criminal identification. Under the application, the United States Air Force spent $549 million to buy 20 Italian-made freight airplanes for the Afghan government. They have been discovered to be unreliable and turned to scrap metal for about $40,257. No action was taken against the business, Alenia North America, and also the Air Force General accountable for the contract (despite a finding of a conflict of interest).  The Justice Department refused to do it because these instances are”unheard of.” Maybe, but government officials and contractor discovered the message loud and clear: there’s no contractual waste that you’re able to commit in the USA military that is going to bring about sanctions. This picture from SIGAR is what stays of more than half a billion bucks of U.S. taxpayer money.
In accordance with SIGAR, the Pentagon was warned that the airplanes were unreliable and there were equally failures of maintenance and spare parts. Yet, the General continued to approve the spending after which sent the airplanes directly into the scrap yard. The officer later retired with no actions taken against him. There has been a push for prosecution by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Together with officials from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the FBI, but the Justice Department killed the prosecution.
SIGAR concluded”Regrettably, nobody involved in the program was held liable for the collapse of this G222 program.”  So this business was enriched for airplanes that did not fly. Army officials were able to retire without prosecution. Yet, more than half a billion bucks simply evaporated. Poof.
1 issue cited by the Justice Department is the United States admitted the delivery of this aircraft despite the company violating funding demands. Thus, by accepting the aircraft, the military not only efficiently resisted a criminal prosecution but also permitted the accountable officials to gently go into retirement. It’s like saying that we couldn’t violate the bank robbers because the bank teller willingly gave them the money and we can’t violate the bank teller because nobody told him he couldn’t just give away the money.
SIGAR the former Air Force officer”had a very clear conflict of interest because he was significantly involved with all the G222 program whilst on active duty, then retired and became the primary contact for Alenia about the exact identical program.”
We have become a country of chumps… and chumps get clumps of scrap metal while others get rich in waste.
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