Stabilizing Iraq: DoD Cannot Ensure That U.S.-Funded Equipment Has Reached Iraqi Security Forces
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Since 2003, the United States has provided about 19.2 billion to develop Iraqi security forces. DoD recently requested an additional 2 billion to continue this effort. Components of the Multinational Force-Iraq MNF-I, including the Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq MNSTC-I, are responsible for implementing the U.S. program to train and equip Iraqi forces. This report does the following 1 examines the property accountability procedures DoD and MNF-I applied to the U.S. train-and-equip program for Iraq, and 2 assesses whether DoD and MNF-I can account for the U.S.-funded equipment issued to the Iraqi security forces. To accomplish these objectives, GAO reviewed MNSTC-I property books as of January 2007 and interviewed current and former officials from DoD and MNF-I. To help ensure that U.S.-funded equipment reaches Iraqi security forces as intended, GAO recommends that the Secretary of Defense do the following 1 determine what DoD accountability procedures apply or should apply to the program and 2 after defining these procedures, ensure that sufficient staff, functioning distribution networks, and proper technology are available to meet the new requirements. DoD concurred with both recommendations.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies