A Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report that was made public on Monday says the Pentagon has lost track of more than 40 percent of the $626 million in firearms it has provided to Afghanistan’s security forces.
The concern is that those weapons could very well “go on the black market and enter another country”, said Jeffrey Brown, senior audit manager for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. “We have no evidence that it has,” he said. “But that wasn’t really in the scope of our audit.”
Over the past 10 years, the Pentagon has provided nearly 750,000 weapons and auxiliary equipment to the Afghan National Security Forces. A majority of the weapons included rifles, pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers and shotguns.
Of the 474,823 serial numbers recorded in the oversight database, 203,888 of those numbers — or about 43 percent — had missing or duplicate information, according to data collected by auditors. Auditors discovered in the course of their research that 24,520 serial numbers were repeated in the database, often more than once, and that no shipping or receiving dates were attached to 50,304 serial numbers.
In a response by the Pentagon, there was an effort to consolidate records and identify discrepancies, with the hopes of keeping better track of weapons sent to Afghanistan.