Report: Uniforms for Afghan Army Cost U.S. $28M More Than They Should Have

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jun 21, 2017

A report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said that uniforms provided to the Afghan army by the Pentagon cost taxpayers $28 million more than they should have. Specifically, the report said that the Department of Defense selected uniforms with a proprietary pattern without determining whether it was appropriate or effective in an Afghan environment. The use of these uniforms has cost the U.S. $26 million to $28 million more than if they had gone with a non-proprietary pattern. 

"Since 2008, the selection of a proprietary camouflage pattern and different uniform type has potentially added between $26.65 million - $28.23 million to the cost of DOD-funded ANA uniform procurement. SIGAR estimates that changing the ANA uniform could save U.S. taxpayers between $68.61 million - $72.21 million over the next 10 years," said the report. 

The uniforms in question were specifically for soldiers in woodland areas. The report noted that forests cover only 2.1 percent of Afghanistan's total area. The Pentagon was unable to provide any documentation demonstrating that this pattern was essential to operations, and therefore neither the U.S. nor Afghan government could show that the new uniforms were appropriate for the Afghan environment, or show that new pattern didn't hinder operations by, paradoxically, providing a more visible target. 

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