"Since 2009, some of this advanced hardware has been reported as missing and is actively being sold or discussed on the global market on a variety of websites," said an intelligence brief by the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service, obtained by the Intercept.
Despite the fact that the document revealing the fate of the missing devices was dated March 12, 2014, The Intercept found several items such as a CNVD-T Clip-On Night Vision Device Thermal System and an OASYS-BAE Systems Universal Thermal Monocular currently on sale on eBay.
"Items have been marketed as sporting goods; hunting equipment; bird-watching equipment and camping supplies," the document said.
The equipment was provided to US military under a program funded by the Pentagon's bomb fighting agency, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). In recent years JIEDDO has been repeatedly criticized for overspending.