US military presence in Afghanistan; Private contractors benefited the most

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02 Jan 2022

The Wall Street Journal reported that the United States heavily relied on contractors on the battlefield and one-third to half of that sum went to contractors.

The report is published about four and a half months after the full US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The Wall Street Journal published the report on Friday. The report said the 20-year US war in Afghanistan was “defeated” and that private contractors were the big winners.

“Those who benefited from US government money in the war in Afghanistan were large arms companies and entrepreneurs,” the report said.

The United States is currently assessing the lessons to be learned from this war. Some officials and watchdog groups have learned that one of the things to learn from is the link between relying on battlefield contractors and the increasing cost of war.

The Wall Street Journal quoted a number of US officials and human rights organizations as saying that Washington relied more on contractors on the battlefield.

The US Department of Defense has spent about $ 14 trillion since September 2001. According to Brown University’s Costs of War Project, five defense companies earned $2.1 trillion for weapons, supplies and other services.

A panoply of smaller companies also made billions of dollars with efforts including training Afghan police officers, building roads, setting up schools and providing security to Western diplomats.

During the past two decades, both Republican and Democratic administrations saw the use of contractors as a way to keep the numbers of troops and casualties of service members down, current and former officials said.

 

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