U.S. loses track of weapons shipped to Afghanistan

By James Arkin

Three separate systems are used to track the arms sent to Afghanistan, but they are riddled with errors and not linked up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… these ideas “positive steps toward better weapons accountability.” …"

"… nd correct all data errors within six months. It also recommended that the Pentagon work with Afghan forces to complete a full inventory of small arms, and de …"

Afghans don’t like soybeans, despite a big U.S. push

By Alexander Cohen and James Arkin

Washington ignored warnings that Afghans were unlikely to embrace protein-rich soy products.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nicaragua":

"… y markets. A 2009 project with food processors in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua noted, for example, that “this type of technical assistance … opens th …"

U.S. military describes its mistakes in Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A report by the Joint Chiefs of Staff says that both military and civilian officials failed to tackle corrosive corruption.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. intelligence":

"… ources I can out of Afghanistan,’” the adviser said. Cash payments by U.S. intelligence agencies to Karzai’s office, meant to bolster his cooperation with the W …"

U.S. literacy program for Afghan military comes up short

By Mattie Quinn and R. Jeffrey Smith

Auditor says a program in Afghanistan costing hundreds of millions of dollars has been undermined by poor contracts and weak monitoring.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… aining program for Afghan security forces told reporters spiritedly at the Pentagon in Aug. 2012. But as of Feb. 2013, roughly half the Afghan forces were st …"

"… b. 2013, roughly half the Afghan forces were still illiterate, despite the Pentagon’s expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars on a literacy program t …"

Afghanistan's narcotics problems grow worse

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Mattie Quinn

A costly and ambitious U.S. effort to curtail Afghanistan's poppy production falters as U.S. forces draw down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… administration seems uninterested in shifting course. Its spending on the Pentagon’s office of counternarcotics for work in Afghanistan is slated to declin …"

"… on. That approach was formulated after a 2009 visit to Afghanistan by the Pentagon’s policy chief Michelle Flournoy, who warned Secretary of Defense Robert …"

Exporting mismanagement to Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Auditors cannot account for many spare parts purchased for the Afghanistan Army.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… crews and widgets kept in storerooms. It is also a notoriously sloppy one. Pentagon auditors have found that, due to poor bookkeeping, the military services r …"

"… oller wheel for an aircraft ramp worth a bit more than $7 is billed to the Pentagon at $1,678. “Commander” seats for Stryker armored vehicles are purchase …"

"… episodes earlier this year. “Yes.” Now, in an act of generosity, the Pentagon has successfully exported its spare parts mismanagement to Afghanistan. It …"

Audit: U.S. lacks anti-corruption plan for Afghan aid

By Douglas Birch

Audit says U.S. lacks blueprint to assure Afghan assistance is well-spent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… nated the Afghan public. John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, released a report Wednesday warning that absent aggressive …"

"… U.N. report said it is “almost impossible to obtain a public service in Afghanistan without greasing a palm: bribing authorities is part of everyday life.” …"

"… authorities is part of everyday life.” Transparency International ranked Afghanistan with North Korea and Somalia in the cellar of its latest annual corruption …"

"… . report released in December found that the total value of bribes paid in Afghanistan shot up between 2009 and 2012, from $2.5 billion to $3.9 billion — repre …"

Talk instead of development in Afghanistan

By Rebecca LaFlure

Millions for chats instead of grants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… ot helpful.” …"

"… tives or constituents,” according to a new Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)  report on the program. The Stability in …"

"… ostly on difficulties reaching a written agreement on the program with the Afghanistan government. ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for Pu …"

"… the program must first build up local governments in challenging areas of Afghanistan — a process that does not happen overnight. “It’s not like peo …"

Government auditor challenges White House account of Afghanistan security

By Richard H.P. Sia

A special inspector general discloses that as US forces head for the exit, the Pentagon has not met its goal for enlarging the Afghan force

Pentagon claims $757 million overbilling by contractor in Afghanistan

By Richard H.P. Sia

Lawmakers are upset that the Pentagon kept giving billions of dollars to a food supplier for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

More waste found in Afghanistan as US heads for the exit

By Douglas Birch

The US effort in Afghanistan has been repeatedly tainted by poor planning and corruption, says inspector general

Missing: $200M in gas receipts for NATO aid in Afghanistan

By R. Jeffrey Smith

NATO fuel purchase documents in Afghanistan were shredded and remain missing

IG: Afghan fuel records go missing

By Aaron Mehta

New IG report warns of missing data on $475 million in oil

Is the Democratic platform in synch with the public on national defense?

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

Democratic platform offers hints at how Obama would handle defense in second term.

Counter-IED efforts still beset by poor oversight and duplication

By Zach Toombs and Aaron Mehta

The Pentagon has trouble tracking billions of dollars in expenditures on the most vexing threat of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Millions of dollars in U.S. aid wasted in Afghanistan

By Zach Toombs

Government watchdog finds many examples of failed construction projects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghan police":

"… one.A neighboring base on the border, also built with U.S. funds, has some Afghan police, but lacks a fully-functioning septic system or air conditioning. Those sh …"

"… hers in the Nangahar province facing their own problems, are meant to give Afghan police a watchful eye along the nation’s militarily-significant border with Pak …"

Congress can’t say no to military pay raises

By Zach Toombs

Soldiering now pays much better than civilian work

Army's mishandling of Afghanistan police contract boosted costs

By Zach Toombs

The cost of a billion-dollar program jumps 14 percent in just the first four months.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghan police":

"… s for the door in Afghanistan, one of its most important tasks is to train Afghan police to take control of the nation’s security. But a billion-dollar Afghan po …"

"… an police to take control of the nation’s security. But a billion-dollar Afghan police training contract, now being administered by the Army, has encountered som …"

"… 14 percent. A series of late revisions has slowed the training process for Afghan police, the IG report said, and the contract has been written in a way that allow …"

"… According to the IG report, these positions were essential to training the Afghan police and should have been included in the initial proposal.According to DynCorp …"

U.S. military admits major war mistakes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An internal report prepared by the Joint Staff describes failures of leadership and planning in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush administration":

"… als — decisions made by Ambassador Paul Bremer with broad support in the Bush administration — crippled Iraq’s ability to govern itself and fueled the insurgency, …"

Experienced watchdog appointed for U.S. spending in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

A veteran investigator fills one of ten vacant Inspector General jobs.

Public overwhelmingly supports large defense spending cuts

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Young, old, Republicans, Democrats, men, women all say they favor whopping reductions in military spending.

Corruption still threatens U.S. efforts in Afghanistan

By Aaron Mehta

As U.S. heads for the door in Afghanistan, persistent corruption threatens to undermine development efforts there.

New light on Pakistani drone war's death toll

By The Associated Press

U.S. attacks result in predominantly militant deaths, though perception suggest civilians are the target

FACT CHECK: The state of Obama’s facts

By FactCheck.Org

The president’s facts and figures were often accurate — but not the whole story

FACT CHECK: Foreign policy themed GOP debate full of falsehoods

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential candidates stretch the truth on international issues in South Carolina debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. intelligence":

"… nbsp;— one of the debate sponsors — wrote that Bachmann’s claim that U.S. intelligence operatives have no place to detain captured terrorists is simply false.Nat …"

The weekly watchdog: Aug. 29 - Sept. 2

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Windfalls of War: A decade of keeping government spending accountable

By Sandy Johnson

Tracking the cost of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, $1 trillion and up

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iraq War":

"… Sharon Weinburger discuss her no-bid contractor series on DemocracyNow.The Iraq War Card (2008)False pretensesFollowing 9/11, President Bush and seven top off …"

Windfalls of war: Pentagon buys choppers from Russia to equip Afghan, Iraqi militaries

By Sharon Weinberger

One-stop shopping for helicopters...made in Russia

IMPACT: Nelson calls conditions at some military base schools "shameful"

By Kristen Lombardi

There have been a flurry of requests from Capitol Hill to repair schools on military bases in the wake of an iWatch News probe

House offers budget boost to troubled Pentagon agency fighting roadside bombs

By Corbin Hiar

The House has added more cash for the Pentagon's troubled agency fighting roadside bombs

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