Thursday, February 19, 2004

More on Armor 
Why is the White House Underfunding Armored Humvees?

A very en pointe piece by Slate.

Sure, there are limits to our ability to ramp up our vaunted military industrial complex. Remember, we were operating at very close to industrial capacity across the board during most of the 1990s, and even as recessions go, production as a percentage of capacity didn't fall all that much, compared to historical recessions.

Nevertheless, these uparmored hummers aren't exactly cutting-edge technology.

In answer to the question "how many soldiers are on patrol with light skinned humvees?"

The straight answer to the question in my light infantry battalion is this:

Almost all of them.

Active duty units, particularly mechanized units, deployed with more of them. And we were able to snag a few of them for most of this deployment. But my battalion has none of our own, except what we beg from other units.

And boy, we did a lot of begging!

Splash, out


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