In his speech on Wednesday, President Obama said that our objective in Afghanistan is not nation-building. That may please the United States Conference of Mayors, which said this week that American taxes should be paying for bridges in Baltimore and Kansas City, not in Baghdad and Kandahar. We know the wars have cost more than a trillion dollars all told … but how that money is spent is not always clear.
Case in point: a little-known Department of Defense organization that has spent billions trying to develop a way to combat improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. While no one argues with the goal, there are questions about who is getting the money and what they’re spending it on. To learn more, we bring you an investigation from our colleagues at the Center for Public Integrity. Need to Know’s Shoshana Guy reports.