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Report: Pentagon Wasted $28 Million on Different-Colored Camo for Afghan Soldiers

USA Today reported that the Pentagon submitted itself to the Afghan Defense Minister’s color preference, which added $28 million to the cost of the uniforms.

USA Today reported on Wednesday that Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko identified $28 million wasted on uniforms for Afghan soldiers.

According to USA Today’s reporting:

The Pentagon wasted as much as $28 million over the past decade buying uniforms for the Afghan army with a woodland camouflage pattern appropriate for a tiny fraction of that war-torn country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

The Afghan Defense Minister picked the pricey, privately owned “forest” color pattern over free camouflage schemes owned by the U.S. government, according to an advance copy of the report due out on Wednesday. The scathing, 17-page study notes that “forests cover only 2.1% of Afghanistan’s total land area.”

Given the lack of forested areas in Afghanistan, it appears the Pentagon threw away $28 million over the Afghan Defense Minister’s color preference.

Sopko blasted the Pentagon in an interview with USA Today, asking if the U.S. government would have provided “pink uniforms for soldiers” had that been the defense minister’s preference.

This waste of tax payer dollars extended across both the Obama and Bush administrations, all the way back to 2007.