When Obamses the First Black Pharoah sent the surge of about 20,000 Marines and 30,000-odd soldiers into Helmand Province, the military planners took one look at the Marines’ Command Headquarters, and decided that the Leathernecks needed something a bit more like solid American construction, instead of the plywood walled offices occupied by Major-General Mills. The General stated that he was quite happy with his little encampment the way it was, but no-one back home took any notice of this Marine.
Amec, a British Company, got the contract, and built it solidly, and built it well.
So as the Marines count-down past 7,000, and the total American contingent withdrawal continues apace, the 400-odd Headquarters staff find they have a brand-new $34 million-dilemma, in that not only will there be no-one to sit and issue battle commands in this computerised palace, no-one wants it anyway.
It was not until this spring that U.S. generals in Kabul decided to call a halt to the project. The decision was made before additional millions were spent on computer gear for the building but not soon enough to cancel crates of furniture.
“It’s terribly embarrassing,” the two-star Army general said.
The Pentagon, Sopko wrote to Hagel, needs to determine “all of the facts on how we reached this $34 million dilemma and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.”