The U.S. Department of Defense funded more than $76 billion dollars of weapons, communication devices, and other security equipment to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), according to a new report by U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the U.S. has allocated funding for nearly 600,000 weapons to be put in the hands of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), according to Defense Department data.
Nearly 81 percent of these weapons were rifles and pistols. The firepower funding also included more than 25,000 grenade launchers and almost 10,000 rocket-propelled weapons used by the Afghan Border Police.
Additional items given to the ANDSF included 162,643 pieces of communications equipment and nearly 76,000 vehicles.
These vehicles were primarily light tactical vehicles like Ford Ranger pickups and cargo trucks, but also included more than 22,000 Humvees, according to the DOD data.
When the equipment reached Afghanistan, it was divided between the two main security forces: The Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police.
The Pentagon has shipped 110 helicopters and 98 plane since 2007, when the Pentagon authorized sending aircraft.
These aircraft could have carried the 314,000 unguided rockets, 8,700 “general-purpose bombs” and 1,815,000 helicopter rounds, which was also funded by the Pentagon, according to their data.
Even with all of this equipment, Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told Congress in February he needs a “few thousand” more troops to properly train and advise the Afghan military so they can eventually operate independently.