Corruption in the Afghanistan government is a well-worn topic, and Afghan subcontractors were singled out by a House subcommittee recently for extortion and corruption.
But according to a New York Times article published this week, U.S. contractors deserve a share of the blame as well. The story says Afghan companies are accusing American contractors of not paying them for supplies and services, and leaving the country with unpaid bills of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.
An unnamed military official with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan told the Times that “American contractors are contributing to fueling the insurgency.” Strong words.
Just add this to the list of problems with contracting in the war zones.