The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan (SIGAR) has just issued its latest High-Risk List, which spells out the greatest threats to the ultimate success of our more than 15-year-long U.S.-funded reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. That investment is now more than $115 billion and will continue at around $5billion a year until 2020. It is the largest expenditure to rebuild a single country in our nation’s history. It has been used to train Afghan security forces, stand up the Afghan government, and develop the local economy. But it is not doing well. This especially true with regard to the capabilities of the Afghan security forces and government corruption.
Other high risk areas are Sustainability, On-Budget Support, Counternarcotics, Contract Management, Oversight and Strategy and Planning.