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The scale of our contracting efforts in Afghanistan represents both an opportunity and a danger.
— Gen. David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.), former commander, U.S. forces in Afghanistan/International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan
Contingency contracting is a potent force available to commanders in Afghanistan. Acquisition efforts support the counterinsurgency (COIN) mission, using business and economic operations as a stabilization tool to bolster local development. Conversely, wasted or misused dollars can hinder long-term stabilization, fund the enemy, and fuel corruption. In fiscal year (FY) 2009, NATO and U.S. Forces–Afghanistan (USFOR-A) contracted for services and goods totaling approximately $14 billion—roughly equal to Afghanistan’s GDP for the same year. This year, estimates are that combined contracting activities may exceed Afghanistan’s GDP.