Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bond: Military Moving Too Slowly on New Humvees

Sen. Kit Bond is worried that the military is moving too slow to get new armored Humvees to Afghanistan.
USA TODAY reports that in August, commanders in Afghanistan asked for about 370 of the new all-terrain versions of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle to deal with the country's rugged roads and terrain. That request topped 4,000 in November.
Bond, an early backer of the vehicles, said, "I'm not yet convinced that the military has learned the the tragic lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan — our enemy will continue to search for ways to kill our troops and our acquisition process must be flexible enough to respond quickly to emerging threats."

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