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Military Review

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This article presents the 10 lessons learned about Host-Nation construction in Afghanistan. Here are the lessons: 1. The Process for New Construction Was Straightforward but Took Time. 2. Afghan Companies Often Would Mislead Them to Get a Contract. 3. Ownership of "Afghan" Construction Companies Was Often Obscure and Dubious. 4. Afghan Lifestyle Meant Timelines Had to Be Flexible. 5. The Bulk of the Construction Material Came from Russia. 6. Afghans Have Experience with Concrete but Typically of Dubious Quality. 7. Afghan Carpentry Had to Be Closely Monitored. 8. Afghan Electrical Work Did Not Meet American Standards. 9. Afghan Plumbing Work Did Not Meet American Standards. 10. Safety Standards Are Fairly Lax on Afghan Job Sites.

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