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U.S. Can’t Account for $200 Million in NATO Gas Receipts for Afghan Army Fuel

Thanks to unauthorized shredding of documents, U.S. officials in Afghanistan have been unable to account for about $200 million spent by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on fuel for the Afghan Army over a two-year period.

John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), informed members of Congress that his office can’t confirm that $201 million in taxpayer money was indeed used to purchase gasoline for Afghanistan’s military during 2010 and 2011.

The revelation followed Sopko’s warning three months ago that American and coalition force personnel had shredded fuel purchase records that covered a five-year period. The destruction of the records was not in keeping with government procedures, and occurred after the military had been warned to preserve all documents.


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NATO Defence Budget: Marching world toward pretend Fiscal Cliff!

U.S. and NATO allies plan to spend $11.6 billion this year for Afghan security

Images from the Afghan war: Week of Dec. 28
Continued photo coverage from the front lines of the U.S., Afghan and NATO military effort in Afghanistan. By Joshua Partlow
Washington Post Foreign Service, Wednesday, January 5, 2011

[USA pays ~ $3 billion, 22% per year share of NATO Operations. USA paying about double Germany, UK, or France.]

KABUL - The United States and its NATO allies plan to spend $11.6 billion this year building Afghanistan's security forces, the largest yearly sum to date, as pressure mounts to shift responsibility for fighting the Taliban from the U.S.-led force toward local troops.

The new funding pushes the total for 2010 and 2011 to nearly $20 billion, as much as in the seven previous years combined, said Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, the commander of NATO's training mission in Afghanistan. Funds already spent have purchased, among other things, 24,000 Ford Rangers, 108,000 9mm pistols, 74,000 handheld radios, 44 helicopters and four bomb-sniffing robots.

"It's an enormous undertaking that we do," Caldwell said.

NATO Defence Budgets - NATOWatch, 2012

The current and future fiscal environments demand a smarter approach to defence budgeting and procurement in the Alliance. The debate in NATO has been too narrowly focused on burden sharing with accusations that Europe spends too little on defence. But the United States spends seven times as much on military force as on international affairs and homeland security combined, and its military budget accounts for around 45% of the global total. The United States needs to spend less on defence while some European states may need to raise their spending or allocate their existing defence budgets more wisely. It is time to consider whether NATO really needs military operations that cost double what the rest of the world spends on its various military functions. This is a summary list of all the content in the site categorised within the Defence Budgets policy area.

Why does the US spend so much on gas in Afghanistan w/o bother to account for it? Is is just round off error? A trifle?

What about the rest of the $3 billion or so? Un-accountable? What is the cost/benefit to add proper accounting practice?

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Money ...what money?