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Afghanistan contractors accused of misusing money on luxury cars, salaries
by Stephen Carlson
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017


A contractor responsible for training intelligence officers in Afghanistan has been accused of spending money on luxury cars and six figure salaries for employees' significant others, according to a government audit.

The findings came out of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction quarterly report on the Legacy East intelligence program and have drawn the attention of ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

U.K.-based contractor New Century Consulting charged the U.S. government for high-end vehicles like Alfa Romeos and Bentleys used by senior executives, SIGAR reported.

At the same time they were paying large sums to employees significant others as executive assistants with little evidence of them providing any work under the contract.

In a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, McCaskill called for the termination of whoever authorized the spending and asked why there has been such a lack of oversight of the program.

Both Imperitas and NCC have a record of accussed malfeasnce in regards to contracts.

"Whoever approved of this spending should be fired," McCaskill said in a statement.

"I'm going to get to the bottom of what happened with this contract and why a company with so many previous problems keeps getting contracts."

NCC received a sub-contract from the now non-existent company Imperius before taking over the program.

SIGAR found that there was little evidence that NCC and Imperitas had made any significant difference for the intelligence programs of the Afghan Ministry of Defense, despite $536.1 million spent from 2010 to 2013. Faulty or non-existant training records make establishing the program's efficacy difficult, SIGAR said.

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Delay in Afghanistan policy points to White House rift
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
President Donald Trump has yet to announce a plan for Afghanistan, and delays in unveiling his strategy point to deep rifts in the White House on how to handle America's longest war. Such is the uncertainty about what to do - send thousands more troops into a nearly 16-year conflict, or take the opposite tack and pull out - that Trump has reportedly even suggested firing the general in ch ... read more

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