On July 2nd of last year John Sopko took over responsibilities as Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, and he led the organization to a hard-hitting finish of the year. On July 30th his office determined that “DOD and State did not ensure the sustainability of fiscal year 2011 AIF [Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund] projects.” In October SIGAR turned its attention to the Afghan National Security Forces, concluding that “The Afghan government will likely be incapable of fully sustaining ANSF facilities after the transition in 2014 and the expected decrease in U.S. and coalition support.” Then in December the office documented “persistent delays in instituting basic anti-money laundering procedures” by the Afghan government at the Kabul airport.
The integrity and sustainability of US reconstruction investments, both from the Pentagon and State Department, are core elements of national security budgeting. That and more will be up for discussion next Thursday, January 10th, when Stimson hosts John Sopko for his first on-the-record, public remarks since taking SIGAR’s leadership reins. Your Will + Wallet team encourages you to attend. Details and registration information are available on Stimson’s website here.
See you next Thursday!