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Countering Corruption and Organized Crime to Make Afghanistan Stronger for Transition and a Good Future

Countering Corruption and Organized Crime to Make Afghanistan Stronger for Transition and a Good Future

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Published by: Michael Best on Jun 11, 2012
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Countering Corruption and Organized CrimetoMake Afghanistan StrongerforTransition and a Good Future
“We will work to fight corruption more effectively and further reform government institutions to render them moreefficient, transparent, and accountable. We will enforce rule of law and pursue further judicial reforms.” 
- President Hamid Karzai, Bonn Conference, December 2011
Strategic Context
Quetta ShuraTaliban
InternationalCommunityCoalitionGIRoAEnemy Sources of Strength:
Taliban Senior Leadership/Illicit funding; support (or apathy) of the Afghan people
Strategic National/International CoG:
Coalition cohesion & political will tocontinue
Counter Corruption StrengthensAfghanistan and Donor Support
Neutralizing criminal penetrationin ANSF and state functions criticalto transition strengthens GIRoA
Decreasing corruption is critical toGIRoA legitimacy and to coalitioncohesion and international will to support
GIRoALegitimacy in eyesof people, world 
HiG$Anti-Afghan ForcesIn PakistanIRRGAnti-GIRoAForces InAfghanistanISAFANSFCounter Corruption Weakensthe Enemy
Hardens GIRoA against resurgentTaliban and other actors vested instate weakness
Decreases ISAF/IC contracting $spillage to the Taliban, criminals
Decreases narcotics trade fundingto the Taliban, Warlords
Decreases willingness of Afghanpeople to actively/passively supportthe Taliban
The Afghan people
Actions to Keep Money Intended to HelpThe Afghan People From Strengthening Criminals
 Afghan First InitiativeHost Nation Trucking
HNT contract [$2.16 billion] will expire inSeptember 2011; the National Afghan Trucking(NAT) contract will replace it
The number of prime contractors will increaseat least threefold, ensuring greater transparencyand rewarding corporate responsibility
Contract Actions
ISAF continues to drive action to ensure our money does not support Criminal PatronageNetworks or the insurgency 
Reviewed nearly 1200 high-value, high-riskcontracts involving nearly 700 companies, valued atapproximately $27B, in the past quarter (April-June,2011)
Identified approximately 170 contracts potentiallylinked to CPNs or insurgents
Debarred 78 companies and individuals
145 cases opened, 38 convictions
Next Steps
Establish Acquisition Accountability Office tocoordinate oversight of all U.S. military and civiliancontracts
Expand vendor-vetting and joint investigations
Enact U.S. Wartime Contracting legislation

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