The empty $34M command and control center in southern Afghanistan (Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction)The U.S. military has reportedly spent $34 million to build a new complex in Afghanistan – but is unlikely to ever actually use the facility.
Voice of America reports that the unused site came to the attention of a congressional oversight committee that reviews projects in Afghanistan.
"I don't know if [Secretary Chuck Hagel] will provide a formal response. I do not have one at this stage," said Defense Department spokesman George Little when asked about the project. "I think it is going to take us a little bit of time to review the findings and to coordinate with the SIGAR."
SIGAR stands for the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, which described the base as a "potentially troubling example of waste."
Special Inspector General John Sopko told Congress that some U.S. commanders opposed the 20,000-square-foot installation’s construction in 2010. But a year later, a British firm was nonetheless hired to build it. Originally, it was planned to serve asRead More »from U.S. built $34 million command headquarters in Afghanistan that may never be used