The US Department of Defense failed its fifth audit in history, failing to account for more than half of its assets, The Hill reported, citing Pentagon Comptroller Mike McCord. According to the newspaper, McChord told reporters that after 1,600 auditors conducted an audit, they found that “the ministry cannot account for about 61% of its assets.”
They found new weaknesses in the ministry’s record keeping of its assets, which include equipment and armaments, consisting of 19,700 aircraft and more than 290 ships, buildings, roads and fences at 4,860 sites around the world.
“The result of this year was not unexpected,” writes The Hill.
The publication recalls that in December 2017, representatives of the Ministry of Defense began a thorough study of the department’s books, which was the first comprehensive audit.
The publication says that the audit failed in 2018 and in the next four years.
McChord noted that the ongoing U.S. military supplies to Ukraine were a “very instructive moment” for Pentagon staff.
“For me, this is a really great example of why it’s important to do things right — count stocks, know where they are, and know when they arrive,” – he said.
At the same time, as reported, representatives of the US Republican Party in the House of Representatives introduced a resolution to review the funds allocated by Congress to support Ukraine since January 2021.