UPDATED 2:10 AM PT – Sat. June 2, 2018
A congressional watchdog said the Pentagon’s multi-project initiative to train and equip local fighters to combat terrorism around the world is failing.
According to a report Wednesday from the government accountability office, the Global Train and Equip program was not successful in enhancing the capabilities of individual forces in 13 of 21 projects.
While the assessment describes some positive outcomes, the military spent some $2 billion on the program in 2016 and 2017.
According to the watchdog, misuse of equipment, manpower shortages, and flawed project proposal designs all contributed to a low success rate of operations.