SIGAR-15-57-SP Report: $36 Million Command and Control Facility at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan: Unwanted, Unneeded, and Unused [open pdf - 3MB]
"The attached report discusses the results of SIGAR's investigation of the construction of a 64,000 square foot command and control facility at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan (the 64K building). SIGAR found that DoD requested funds for this facility on the basis that it was necessary to address an immediate operational need associated with the military surge in Afghanistan in 2010. However, then-Major General Richard P. Mills, the general in charge of the surge in Helmand, requested that the facility not be built because it was not needed; existing resources at Camp Leatherneck were already well-suited to the mission he had been assigned. However, the request to cancel the building was rejected by then-Major General Peter M. Vangjel, who believed that it would not be 'prudent' to cancel a project for which funds had already been appropriated by Congress. Ultimately, construction of the building was not completed until long after the surge was over, and the building was never used. The failure to follow General Mills' advice to cancel the 64K building resulted in the waste of about $36 million."
SIGAR-15-57-SP; Office of the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction 15-57-Special Projects
Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction: http://www.sigar.mil/