WaPo: Brand new Afghan HQ that the US will never use

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WaPo: Brand new Afghan HQ that the US will never use

This doesn't help....

The U.S. military has erected a 64,000-square-foot headquarters building on the dusty moonscape of southwestern Afghanistan that comes with all the tools to wage a modern war. A vast operations center with tiered seating. A briefing theater. Spacious offices. Fancy chairs. Powerful air conditioning.

Everything, that is, except troops.

The windowless, two-story structure, which is larger than a football field, was completed this year at a cost of $34 million. But the military has no plans to ever use it. Commanders in the area, who insisted three years ago that they did not need the building, now are in the process of withdrawing forces and see no reason to move into the new facility.

For many senior officers, the unused headquarters has come to symbolize the staggering cost of Pentagon mismanagement: As American troops pack up to return home, U.S.-funded contractors are placing the finishing touches on projects that are no longer required or pulling the plug after investing millions of dollars.

But I am sure we needed the space at one point.  Right?  Right??

The top Marine commander in Helmand sent a memo to the U.S. headquarters in Kabul three years ago stating that the new structure was unnecessary. But his assessment was ignored or disregarded by officers issuing contracts for construction projects, according to senior military officials familiar with the issue.

The building’s amenities also have prompted alarm among senior officers. A two-star Marine general who has toured the facility called it “better appointed than any Marine headquarters anywhere in the world.” A two-star Army general said the operations center is as large as those at the U.S. Central Command or the supreme allied headquarters in Europe.

“What the hell were they thinking?” the Army general said. “There was never any justification to build something this fancy.”

So retirement benefits are getting cut, sequestration has resulted in civilian employees having to take days off, and in the middle of a desert in a country we are pulling out of we have this brand new facility.  Just wonderful.




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It sounds to me that D.C. was involved. The folks on Capitol Hill do not listen to the military and to the people for that matter. More money going to our CEO run operations, more funding later for reelections

The CEO does not micro-manage day to day operations - CONGRESS should. Also every rational person knows that the present CEO cannot be re-elected unless CONGRESS passed a constitutional amendment. CIVICS 101.

As a Vietnam and Quemoy Expeditionary Force Veteran somewhat familiar with the Payolla that flows to US Congressmen and other US government officials from US Government Contractors, and that is the grease that assures Pork projects such as Camp Leatherneck are built in spite of its irrelevancy, I cringe at the corruption that rampages through USAmerican paid taxation as if such graft was a Right for anyone "smart" enough to get away with it. John "Jerry" ScotsRoss.

Right On!

You would think Rep. Issa would be itching to launch yet another one of his witch hunts, considering there's an actual witch to catch. Or did he benefit somehow?

Who was the contractor and what was the contractor's political connections? Once you know this you will know why it was built. Congress will not be investigating this project. Do you wonder why?

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