Afghanistan Equipment Drawdown: Progress Made, but Improved Controls in Decision Making Could Reduce Risk of Unnecessary Expenditures
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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One of the DOD lessons learned from Iraq is to begin drawdown operations early because of their complexity. To that end, the Marine Corps began equipment drawdown operations for Afghanistan in August 2011, and the Army began in January 2012 both starting well before the January 2013 announcement that combat operations would end in December 2014.6 According to DOD officials, one reason these early actions to reduce equipment were warranted is that it takes longer to draw down equipment from Afghanistan than it does to reduce personnel levels.
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