Pentagon to address $28M spent on untested Afghan camouflage: report

Pentagon to address $28M spent on untested Afghan camouflage: report
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The Pentagon is expected to address the findings of a report that said it spent $28 million on camouflage uniforms for Afghan soldiers despite the lack of forests in the country.

According to USA Today, Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government Ex-Sen. McCaskill joins NBC, MSNBC Some Senate Dems see Ocasio-Cortez as weak spokeswoman for party MORE (D-Mo.) sent a letter to the Pentagon last week about the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report, which found that the uniforms were purchased without testing to be used in a country that's just 2 percent woodland. 

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“This is a contracting decision that makes you smack your head in frustration,” the senator said in a statement to USA Today. “It’s a prime example of wasting hard-earned taxpayer dollars, and we’ve got to get to the bottom of how this happened.”

The Pentagon, according to the report released in June, purchased the uniforms after a former Afghan defense minister saw them online and said he liked them.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyDem calls for Cohen to testify before Senate panel over explosive report Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees IRS shutdown plan fails to quell worries MORE (R-Iowa), a Budget and Finance committee member, called that portion of the report “embarrassing and an affront to U.S. taxpayers.”

McCaskill wants answers from the Pentagon by August on questions surrounding purchase oversight and a cost-benefit analysis for alternative uniforms, USA Today reported.  

On Tuesday, the House Armed Services committee will hear from Inspector General John Sopko about the uniforms. 

Afghan soldiers do fight in terrain where forest camouflage would be useful, the paper added.