Nightly News   |  July 10, 2013

Why did US pay for $34 million military headquarters in Afghanistan?

An investigation is underway to uncover why the 64,000 square-foot building was constructed. Pentagon Inspector General John Sopko calls the expensive project a waste of taxpayers’ money. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>>> as the u.s. winds down presence in afghanistan, we are learning what appears to be an enormous waste of taxpayer money. a massive headquarters building that may never be used. jim miklaszewski has more tonight.

>> reporter: defense officials call it the big white elephant nobody wants. located at camp leather neck, a brand new state of the art military headquarters, but pentagon officer john sopko calls it a total waste of money and says it will probably be destroyed.

>> reporter: it is state of the art but, he said he didn't need the building and nobody wants it. the number of forces at camp leather neck has fallen from 20,000 to 7,000. not even the afghans want it.

>> reconstruction as a taxpayer, i'm outraged.

>> reporter: two investigations under way to figure out what went wrong. a senior official here says it appears no laws have been broken. it was still a bone headed decision. jim miklaszewski , nbc news, the pentagon.