WASHINGTON - The State Department has problems managing dozens of planes and helicopters it uses in the fight against illegal drugs in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a new Inspector General's report.
The report, made public this week, focuses on the operations of the little-known air wing of the State Department in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with more than 30 aircraft and hundreds of contract employees. It praises the overall effectiveness of the counter-narcotics operations but says the department needs better oversight to stop cost over-runs, management problems and inefficiencies. The air wing's duties run from poppy eradication in Afghanistan to airlift missions for the Pakistan government. FULL POST
A State Department inspector general's report says the U.S. Embassy staff in Afghanistan suffers from morale problems, overwork and the constant demands of visiting VIPs, which the report calls "war tourism."
The inspector general warns that problems may increase as the embassy doubles in size in coming months. FULL POST