The Spoils of War Go to Contractors in Afghanistan

Wartime-contracting-commissionThe Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan estimated that between $31 billion and $60 billion was lost to fraud during U.S. operations in those countries. The Justice Department says it brought 237 criminal cases from November 2005 to September 2014 arising from war-zone misconduct — often contracting fraud.

“We just were not equipped to do sufficient oversight and monitoring on the front end, and we didn’t have sufficient accountability mechanisms on the back end, which led to enormous problems,” said Laura Dickinson, a national security law professor at George Washington University.

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