Source Says $47 Million Wasted on U.S. Special Forces Camp in Afghanistan, Cites Bad Design

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.”

47M Wasted on Camp Photo HRBy 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!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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