Friday, December 10

The Real Story behind the Humvee Controversy

From the World Tribune:

The United States has satisfied about 70 percent of the military's combat armored vehicle requirements in the Middle East and surrounding regions.
So, it is not quite the disaster that the media is making it out to be. We still need to do better, but we're working on that.

The U.S. military set a requirement of 8,100 up-armored Humvees, of which about 6,000 were being produced, officials said. They said that about 22,000 of Central Command's fleet of 30,000 vehicles have received some form of armor.

Over the last few months, the army has expanded the up-armor effort to include non-combat vehicles in Iraq, officials said. They said the army has added armor to 507 heavy tactical trucks, 492 medium tactical vehicles, two heavy equipment trailers, eight M-915 trucks and 187 palletized load system vehicles that serve in Iraq. The army has operated four depots, two arsenals and one ammunition plant for the production of the armor kits.
I'm not sure what these rabid critics of Rumsfeld want. They talk about this issue as though he's doing nothing about it.