US Department of Defence arms contracts

DoD Spending on Small Arms to Iraq Revealed: Inspector General Report

This report is part of AOAV’s investigation into the US DoD spend on small arms, guns and ammunition from Sept 11, 2001 to Sept 10, 2015. Our research found many discrepancies between the contracts published on the DoD’s website and those found on the Federal Procurement Database System- research that can be read here. For information on what a small arm is, please see here. To understand more about US DoD contracts visit here. The investigation also included an examination of US expenditure for small arms for Iraq, which can be read here, and Afghanistan, sehere.

Inspector General Report 2008/2015

The 2008 report states that the Turkish national police and government were alleging arms given by the US to Iraq were being found in the hands of Turkish insurgents and criminals.

As of October 2007, the property book system kept by the Iraqi army was around 85% complete; this followed earlier recommendations following identification of flaws in serialisation. It was also noted that US forces did not always maintain an unbroken chain of custody and accountability for US arms and ammunition prior to handover to the ISF.

The IG also found that arms were placed in storage that had significant lack of security, and thus left the arms open to theft or appropriation.

In addition, the 2015 report indicates that there was a lack of end use monitoring, especially with regards to assurance that the Government of Iraq was complying with requirements with regards to use and transfer of defence items.


For the data on 14 years of DoD contracts for small arms, ammunition and attachments, please go here.