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SOCOM Accidentally Bought Way, Way Too Much Combat Gear | Task & Purpose
U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Sam Weaver

SOCOM Accidentally Bought Way, Way Too Much Combat Gear | Task & Purpose

U.S. Special Operations Command purchased at least $26.3 million in extra gear ranging from handheld radios to night vision goggles, according to a Pentagon audit, equipment that could potentially end up in the hands of other U.S. service members.

An audit of the Department of Defense Inspector General made public on March 29 examined five SOCOM equipment programs to ensure that the command, increasingly on the front lines of the Global War on Terror, was appropriately recording excess equipment in its inventory. The findings are not great: three of the five programs  — night vision binoculars, next-generation handheld radios, and biometric sensors used for site exploitation — accounted for that eye-popping $26.3 million number.

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