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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Jun 2017 11:07 a.m. PST

The U.S. government may have overpaid nearly $30 USD million for uniforms for the Afghan National Army because it used a private contractor who offered a camouflage pattern that is unsuited to the country's terrain, the Pentagon's Special Inspector General for Afghanistan has found…


Zyphyr21 Jun 2017 11:32 a.m. PST

I really wish that I could find this even slightly surprising.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 11:38 a.m. PST

Contractors will show the buyer prototypes before they go full on with production. So it was someone on govt payroll that picked out the wrong pattern and they're just blaming the contractor.


28mm Fanatik21 Jun 2017 12:03 p.m. PST

A proprietary non-standard pattern was chosen in order to make it harder for the enemy to infiltrate the ANA with standard issue uniforms and create green-on-blue incidents, no doubt.

foxweasel21 Jun 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

Hardly surprising, the U.S. Army was wearing a camouflage pattern unsuited to the whole world for ages.

paulgenna Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

I agree with CC, unless the records show the contractor produced the wrong camo pattern then someone in the government screwed up. It should be easy to prove one way r another.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 1:03 p.m. PST

One famo?
For the whole place in every season?
You can have near euro green bckground, greyish montainous types, desert like yellow orange etc. depending on when and where.

Then stick huge colour patches and everything you can think on it …;)

peterx Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 1:04 p.m. PST

It was an ex- Defense Minister of Afghanistan (2006) who chose the pattern. But some Bleeped textes at the Pentagon must have approved it. In any case, the US can collect the uniforms, distribute them to a client state in a forested or jungled part of the world and give the Afghanis desert style camo.

There! I solved it for the Pentagon and the Afghan army. Can I get my consultant fee now?

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 2:08 p.m. PST


You're a genius! You should get a check.


Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 2:11 p.m. PST

It's only money, $30 USD mil of it.

28mm Fanatik21 Jun 2017 2:32 p.m. PST

The 1st Recon marines portrayed in 'Generation Kill' had to wear woodland camo BDU's while spearheading the drive across Iraq in the 2003 invasion.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 3:52 p.m. PST

Gee , thanks, Dan! I always try to convince my wife I am a genius, but she doesn't believe me.

Dn Jackson21 Jun 2017 5:48 p.m. PST

No different than the US in 1991. We went into Saudi wearing the chocolate chip desert cammies. Great for the Mojave, useless for the Middle East. Not that it mattered, when we went into Kuwait we were wearing woodland pattern mopp suits, because the Marine Corps didn't have any desert pattern mop suits.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 7:56 p.m. PST


I feel you, Brother. I have a similar problem convincing my wife about me.


coopman Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2017 6:03 p.m. PST

$30,000,000 USD is chump change when it's the people's money and you don't give a rat's a$$.

Apache 623 Jun 2017 11:43 a.m. PST

Their are a lot of temperate/green areas in Afghanistan.

The uniforms were actually purchased and delivered to the Afghan Army. Their soldiers liked them. Largely because they were "fashionable" since they looked like the uniforms worn by "elite' Western units.

I'm against a lot of wasteful government spending. Of all the things the Government wastes money on, I'm not sure this should be that high up on the list to get up in arms about.

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