As inconceivable as it may be, Afghans could teach our politicians (and military) a thing or two about bureaucracy. Imagine requiring the Secretary of Defense’s signature to purchase this truckload of supplies.
The $2,000 of building materials required 26 signatures and was ultimately bottom-lined by the Afghan Minister of Defense. A similar amount of supplies purchased by the U.S. government is regarded as a micro-purchase and could be signed-off by an E-5 with a government-issued credit card!
NTM-A and IJC may struggle getting the ANSF to build terrain models and use Port-o-lets and HMMWV‘s properly, but there is no problem developing multi-layered hierarchies and worthless flow-charts that inhibit real work while promoting ample opportunities for corruption.