We turned 500Mil in fighter jets into $36,000 of scrap metal

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    U.S. Air Force probed for scrapping costly planes bought for Afghans

    (Reuters) - A U.S. government watchdog agency is asking the Air Force to explain why it decided to destroy 16 aircraft initially bought for the Afgan air force and turn them into $32,000 of scrap metal instead of finding other ways to salvage nearly $500 million in U.S. funds spent on the program.
    John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, asked Air Force Secretary Deborah James to document all decisions made about the destruction of the 16 C-27J aircraft that were stored at Kabul International Airport for years, and what the service planned to do with four additional planes now in Germany.
    "I am concerned that the officials responsible for planning and executing the scrapping of the planes may not have considered other possible alternatives in order to salvage taxpayer dollars." Sopko said in a letter to James that was dated Oct. 3 and released Thursday by his office.
    Sopko also asked if any other parts of the planes had been sold before they were destroyed by the Defense Logistics Agency.
    Sopko's office has been investigating the matter since December 2013 after numerous non-profit groups and military officials raised questions about funds wasted on the planes.
    The U.S. government spent $468 million to buy and refurbish 20 older C-27A airplanes from Alenia, a unit of Italy's Finmeccanica SpA , but later canceled the program because a lack of spare parts was severely limiting their availability for military use.
    Instead, the Pentagon decided to buy four larger C-130 planes built by Lockheed Martin Corp to do the work.
    Sopko asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and James about their plans for the remaining four aircraft, which were never sent to Afghanistan, noting that his team had been due to inspect the planes.
    In an interview last year with NBC News, Sopko said it was unclear if the incident was criminal fraud or mismanagement, but the waste was not an isolated incident in Afghanistan.
    The Pentagon's inspector general has also investigated the issue, which the non-profit group Project on Government Oversight (POGO) calls "a shining example of the billions wasted in Afghanistan."
    In January 2013, the Pentagon's inspector general office said the aircraft flew only 234 of the 4,500 required hours from January through September 2012. The office also said about $200 million were needed to buy spare parts for the planes.
    No immediate comment was available from the Air Force or the Pentagon.
     
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    Problem with government is that nobody gives a fuck when it's not their own money.
     
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    We now have the worst overall government in the country's lifetime and its not even close.
     
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    One of the problems.
     
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    Why is the U.S. buying planes for fuckstanistan? Why doesn't that shithole use their heroin profits to buy hardware.
     
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    Obama just found out about this watching the news.
    I'm sure he will vow to get to the bottom of this!
     
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    When he's done playing golf.
     
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    He is wondering what ass to kick, thats for sure!
     
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    affirmative action president
     
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    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

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    At least no one needs to worry about losing their jobs.
     
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    they weren't fighters, but yeah. Point taken.
     
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    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

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    We have plenty of money available to provide all of the needed services and to not run a deficit.

    We waste a staggering amount of money on useless stuff.
     
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    My question is, what idiot decided that using airframes that you couldn't get parts for was a good idea in the first place?
     
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    This is why these fucking generals that separate from active duty absolutely can not be allowed to come back as contractors. talk about one hand washing the other....
     
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    There is an episode of "Vice" where they showed all the scrap parts lots in Afghanistan, where we just throw BARELY used cars, trucks, tanks etc, because if we don't buy new ones, they lose the budget money for them..... So sick and fucked up how we waste money on these Countries that not a single person I know, would give a rats ass about if they fell off of the world....
     
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    That sounds like a pretty good explanation of what probably happened.
     
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    it's totally what's happening. I used to work for the DoD. This is almost as bad as the Lobbying thing. Not quite as bad, but close.
     
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    When Obama feels like working he goes golfing until the feeling goes away.
     
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    i was a contracts and procurement guy while in the air force and as a civilian. it's painful how much money we'd, in my opinion, piss away each fiscal year. and the orgy of spending the last week of the fiscal year was obscene. you'd think they'd have worked things out by now. :)


    spend it or lose it is not the way to run a country! :grad:
     
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    We were probably just giving Italy some money and this was the excuse.

    The entire "jobs creation" thing during the recession was a means to bail out states which had massive budget deficits and no way to cover them. States are not allowed to carry deficits, but the Federal Government can do so.