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Pentagon Wasted $28M on 'Forest' Camouflage Uniforms for Afghan Army

June 24th 2017

Afgan Troops

The Pentagon has reportedly spent $28 million dollars on "forest" camouflaged Afghanistan military uniforms rather than give them other patterns that cost nothing.

The "forest" pattern that was selected by the Afghan Defense Minister is privately owned, whereas other camouflage schemes owned by the U.S. government are free.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, released a 17-page report on Wednesday, noting that "forests cover only 2.1% of Afghanistan's total land area" -- making the forest pattern highly ineffective in the desert nation.

SIGAR's report said the Defense Department has spent $93 million on uniforms for the soldiers since 2007.

The decision to go with a camouflage pattern that wasn't readily available to the U.S. government added an extra $26 to $28 million to the total cost of the order.

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