A man who recently returned to the United States from Afghanistan tells me the U.S. Government wasted $47 million constructing a camp that its prospective tenants, U.S. Army Special Forces units in Afghanistan, later refused to occupy on the grounds that its design made it “impossible to defend.”
By contacting me, the man said he wanted to expose vast amounts of wasteful government spending he observed firsthand as an employee of a U.S.-based construction firm working on Defense Department building projects in the war-torn country. Due to the nature of the information he provided, he also requested anonymity before providing the information to me.
In emails this morning, I asked Todd Lyman, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public affairs officer at the Corps’ Transatlantic Afghanistan office, to confirm, clarify or correct the details I had been provided about the aforementioned camp project. I also provided more details my source had provided about the camp. For instance: After being refused by Army SF officials, according to my source, the camp was offered to the U.S. Air Force officials and they, too, declined to accept it. Finally, it was handed over to the Afghan National Army and, today, sits unused on the grounds of Shindand Air Base, located seven miles northeast of Sabzwar in the western part of Afghanistan’s Herat province.
Stay tuned to see how the USACE PAO replies to my inquiry about “Camp Bad Design” and about another project in Afghanistan on which more than $250 million was reportedly wasted.
UPDATE 10/04/2013 at 8:46 a.m. Central: So far, I’ve waited four days for Lyman to reply to my inquiry. Crickets. Gotta love government transparency!