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As much as $60 billion in U.S. funds has been lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade through lax oversight of contractors, poor planning and corruption, an independent panel investigating U.S. wartime spending estimates.
In its final report to Congress, the Commission on Wartime Contracting said the figure could grow as U.S. support for reconstruction projects and programs wanes, leaving both countries to bear the long-term costs of sustaining the schools, medical clinics, barracks, roads and power plants already built with American tax dollars
Much of the waste and fraud could have been avoided with better planning and more aggressive oversight, the commission said. To avoid repeating the mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan, government agencies should overhaul the way they award and manage contracts in war zones, the commission recommended.
Originally posted by Aim64C
The military only enjoys the 'large' budget it does because of the wars currently being fought (and will eventually draw to a close - though when cannot be known, exactly).
Originally posted by USAisdevil
reply to post by dolphinfan
there is a problem with your statements .
Iraq is US imperialism
Chechnya was destabilised by CIA,but as usual russians whooped CIA's A*** ,like how theey whooped that american stooge leader in Georgia in 9 days when Georgia attempted genocide in South Ossetia .
Your view is a part of the problem. Everyone seeks to either discount waste/fraud as either not that big of a problem or looks to point at other parts of the government that are a greater priority to fix than those they are partial when in fact it is all a problem.
The military spending that this country engages in is a massive problem. Not only is corruption rife within the bidding process with respect to contractors, the revolving door between the military and military contractors is as bad as any other revolving door within the government, Wall Street and Treasury, FDA and HHS to big Pharma, all of them. Great deal. Do your 20 in the military and retire with full pension. Take a job with an contractor that you used to work side by side with when in the military and all you are doing is changing your clothes and come back to the same job making double the cash. It is set up to work that way and the way the military contractors are able to use various levels of security clearance to even be considered for a job makes it almost impossible for someone who was not in the military to qualify for these positions. They have built the revolving door and they were the very first of the revolving doors between the private and public sectors
We don't need some 700 active installations (that we know about) around the world when we are simultaneously spending billions on weapons that allow you to project force 10K miles away. It is absolutely illogical. We don't need troops in Europe, Korea, Japan or SE Asia out side of perhaps a couple of dozen liasions.