Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
April 4, 2014
How much “stuff” is the United States military leaving behind as it withdraws from Afghanistan after 12 years of war? Try some $6 billion worth.
And much of it may yet end up in a junk pile.
That includes 850 MRAPS (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles which have been credited with saving countless lives from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the road, but now will either be sold whole or for scrap on the Afghan market. Each cost about $1 million to build. But it would cost an additional $100,000 to ship each home, so military officials say they are leaving the oldest and least useful behind.