After spending $486 million outfitting the Afghan Air Force with 20 twin-prop, Italian-built G222 cargo planes (known within the US Air Force as the C-27A Spartan and shown above in Kabul), the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, John Sopko, found that the Department of Defense proceeded to scrap 16 of the planes at Kabul International Airport. According to Defense One, the scrapping recouped just six cents on the dollar. For those keeping track at home, that's just $32,000 on a nearly half-billion-dollar investment.
The decision to scrap the planes was made after the DOD determined that the Afghans were unable to maintain the haulers, because, you know, it wouldn't have made any sense to research that before spending all that coin. Perhaps most troubling about this waste was that the planes were so new, racking up just 234 flight hours.
SIGAR's discovery has pushed this latest issue up the chain, with D1 reporting that Sopko issued a terse message to Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James. In particular, Sopko is trying to figure out why the basically brand-new planes weren't flown out of country and sold to the highest bidder.
Keep an eye open for more on this one.