Saturday, November 05, 2005

Tell me something I didn't know..

This article pretty much confirms what everyone already knows:

The Defense Department risks continued decline in the condition of its equipment, due to extended use in the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
GAO analyzed the fleetwide condition of 30 types of equipment and found that readiness rates for most had declined between fiscal 1999 and 2004. The drop was the most noticeable in the last two of those years, because of continuous high use and the advancing age and complexity of the systems, the report stated.

Items such as Army and Marine Corps trucks, combat vehicles and rotary wing aircraft have been used far past their normal peacetime levels, GAO said.

The report (GAO-06-141) used a color coded system - red, yellow and green - to describe the condition of Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force equipment and to establish whether the Defense Department has identified strategies and funding plans to meet its requirements.

Inventory of three pieces of equipment -- the Army's CH-47 D/F Chinook transport helicopters, the Marine Corps' M1A1 Abrams tanks and the Navy's P-3 Orion maritime patrol planes -- scored red on the GAO list, indicating that problems with them are so severe that they require immediate attention by the military services and Congress.

Immediate attention...I wonder what that means.


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