Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ISAF Asked by Senator to Explain IO Campaign Against SIGAR

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been getting hammered by reports by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR reports have highlighted many failures in the Afghan Conflict relating to oversight of construction and development projects and of funding for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Basically ISAF (and USAID) have not had enough accountants to follow the money and not enough contract specialists to ensure that projects and programs are implemented properly. A lot of money has gone south (actually it is in Dubai bank accounts). In response to the very damaging SIGAR reports ISAF developed an information operations campaign to counter the bad image it was receiving. Once this campaign was exposed it attracted a lot of attention. Read "Senator presses Afghanistan commander on critical audits", USA Today, February 13, 2014.

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