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White House cuts funding for (Soldier) gear (Armored vests & armored vehicles)
Stars and Stripes ^ | Friday, July 10, 2009 | Leo Shane III

Posted on 07/10/2009 5:21:04 PM PDT by xzins

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers on Thursday blasted a White House decision not to provide money next fiscal year for upgrades to combat-worn equipment, and promised a fight to put billions back into the defense budget.

The House version of the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill already contains about $20 billion for the repair of equipment worn down by desert conditions and purchase of new gear to replace items destroyed in combat. About $11 billion of the total is for the Army alone.

But that’s down more than $2 billion from previous years’ requests, and doesn’t include any funds for things like vehicle armor improvements, new communications equipment or other upgrades. Officials from the Office of Management and Budget said money for those improvements will come from the Army’s base budget, and not from the extra overseas contingency funds meant to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli said Tuesday that the directive outlining the funding change effectively cuts any such recapitalization work next year.

"For the most part, adding on upgrades to equipment won’t be allowed in FY2010," he said. "I think it makes a lot of sense to upgrade when we can. But the new rules are that we can’t do that."

In a statement OMB officials said the move "is part of a long-overdue attempt to rationalize how the Administration requests funding for war, versus non-war programs, forces and activities."

But news of the policy upset lawmakers, who said they were unaware of any limits on equipment reset for next year and were concerned about shortchanging the services.

"If we’re going to do this on the basis of ... a budget number, as opposed to our obligation to provide what [the services] need, then I have a real dilemma here," said Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii. "I can’t say we’re giving a number that really provides for [the military’s] necessity."

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., said OMB may have overstepped its boundaries in the directive by limiting how the reset fund can be spent, and said he believes the Army and Marine Corps should receive the money they need for critical readiness upgrades next year.

OMB officials did not provide comment by deadline, but service officials confirmed the overseas contingency operations directive was provided to the Pentagon as part of the budget process earlier this year.

Congress has authorized nearly $70 billion for reset and upgrades of equipment since 2006, money that doesn’t include funds to fast-track production of combat necessities like Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles.

Army and Marine Corps officials have said throughout that shortfalls in equipment and repair funding would not endanger troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, since they’re constantly supplied with the best-conditioned vehicles and gear available.

But units training in the States, or those in noncombat units based overseas, have been stuck with older equipment and faced shortfalls in getting up-to-date training equipment.

Chiarelli said he’s confident the $11 billion the Army requested for fiscal 2010 — about $8 billion for logistics costs and depot maintenance, and $3 billion for procurement and repair — is enough to keep missions and training operating smoothly.

"We are able with the funds available to reset equipment," he said. "We understand the tremendous fiscal crisis our country has gone through. As long as we can reset our equipment, we understand that because of fiscal requirements it may be in the best interest of our country as a whole to cut back on recapitalization."

The Marine Corps is expected to receive about $2 billion in reset funds, and the National Guard and Reserve another $7 billion.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: agenda; armor; bho44; bhowod; defensespending; democrats; hypocrisy; military; obama; refurbishment
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1 posted on 07/10/2009 5:21:04 PM PDT by xzins
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To: xzins

ACORN needs that money to register more “voters”!


2 posted on 07/10/2009 5:22:03 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that "hope and change" thing working out?)
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To: All

the hypocrisy is absolutely stunning!


3 posted on 07/10/2009 5:22:27 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: xzins

Whats wrong with Obama sending our troops off to war under geared and under funded. IMPEACH.


4 posted on 07/10/2009 5:23:09 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (CBO reports that OBAMANOMICS = FAIL)
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To: xzins

TELL BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA THAT HE IS FULL OF IT!

5 posted on 07/10/2009 5:23:10 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: xzins
Obama Lied and our Warriors Died!
6 posted on 07/10/2009 5:24:35 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: xzins

Typical democrats, you can’t let them run a war. They have no respect for the troops or their families.

The RATS need all of those funds to push their commie agenda.

Has anyone asked Obama why we are still in Afghanistan? Does he even care?


7 posted on 07/10/2009 5:26:06 PM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: SandRat

If I said what I think of this Evil Bas____, my door would be knocked down in about 5 minutes.


8 posted on 07/10/2009 5:26:43 PM PDT by unkus
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To: xzins

I seem to recall Murtha and some of his crowd boo-hooing over Bush’s “neglect” of soldiers’ gear (as if the president is responsible for the budget in the first place). Odd that there is no similar outcry over this.


9 posted on 07/10/2009 5:26:50 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: xzins; pissant

Where’s Duncan Duane Hunter?


10 posted on 07/10/2009 5:27:41 PM PDT by wastedyears (The Tree is thirsty and the hogs are hungry.)
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To: xzins

And these scumbag bastards trashed President Bush for 8 years for not suppling the troops.
This socialist SOB needs to be impeached NOW!!!
BTW we need a new Congress too!!!


11 posted on 07/10/2009 5:28:47 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: xzins; Nachum

Ping.


12 posted on 07/10/2009 5:29:33 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: indylindy; Dr. Eckleburg; bigheadfred

They are determined to destroy our military and to leave them minimally equipped right in the MIDDLE of a war with 2 fronts.

These people are systematically deconstructing America.


13 posted on 07/10/2009 5:29:43 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: xzins

I keep hearing ZERO crack on BUSH for not going after Osama, and how he was going to do it.

Well, he has no f**king clue about the most basic needs of the military. He is a traitor, what else do you expect?


14 posted on 07/10/2009 5:31:19 PM PDT by Polarik (Obama: When destroying America is not enough.)
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To: xzins; SumProVita; HardStarboard; BradyLS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dervish; Twotone; Free ThinkerNY; ..

The list, ping


15 posted on 07/10/2009 5:31:51 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: xzins
Fbama makes a 3rd Clinton term look attractive. I truly hate this president.

16 posted on 07/10/2009 5:32:23 PM PDT by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: xzins
These people are systematically deconstructing America.

Yes everything thing seems to be going as planned, so what are we going to do about it?

17 posted on 07/10/2009 5:33:00 PM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: All

Link to the report-

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=63652


18 posted on 07/10/2009 5:34:28 PM PDT by John W
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To: whatisthetruth

The Founders of this Republic FIRST got together a list of real grievances.


19 posted on 07/10/2009 5:34:29 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: xzins

Hey, yo gotta cut somewhere. Obama’s favorite Wagyu steaks don’t come cheap.


20 posted on 07/10/2009 5:35:29 PM PDT by Mojave (Don't blame me. I voted for McClintock.)
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To: John W

I don’t know how this got through without the link. As I think about it, I know I didn’t copy/paste it, but normally it stops the posting process.


21 posted on 07/10/2009 5:36:39 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: John W; Admin Moderator

BTW, thanks, John.

Mod, Is it possible to add the link at the top in the normal spot? Sorry for the oversight on my part.


22 posted on 07/10/2009 5:38:11 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: xzins

These brave men are our friends and our family.

Damn the government and their games.


23 posted on 07/10/2009 5:39:05 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Glenn

My son is there. You are right: our friends and family.

Damn the traitors.


24 posted on 07/10/2009 5:40:59 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: xzins

Done, thanks.


25 posted on 07/10/2009 5:42:40 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you.


26 posted on 07/10/2009 5:43:44 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: xzins

Welcome. Prayers up for your son’s safety.


27 posted on 07/10/2009 5:44:45 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Nachum

How many millions of $$$ are they spending on saving FROGS in california?


28 posted on 07/10/2009 5:46:12 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Michelle needs the money to hire more hangers-on and to buy that $8000 pair of shoes she has been looking at.


29 posted on 07/10/2009 5:46:21 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Socialism is the belief that most people are better off if everyone was equally poor and miserable.)
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To: xzins

It’s beyond my ability to comprehend.


30 posted on 07/10/2009 5:47:32 PM PDT by Danae (Conservative does not equal Republican. Conservative does not compromise.)
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To: Admin Moderator

This is absolutely no time to get lax on force protection.

The insurgents will want us to leave with bodies on the ground so they can argue they pushed us out. Not enough to make us stay, but enough to spread their propaganda for the post-U.S. years.


31 posted on 07/10/2009 5:48:46 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~
How many millions of $$$ are they spending on saving FROGS in california?

The military, their families and friends won't forget or forgive this.

32 posted on 07/10/2009 5:50:27 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Trillions in stimulus dollars, but cuts for Troop Safety.

These people are demonic(ratic)


33 posted on 07/10/2009 5:50:29 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: xzins

Exactly!


34 posted on 07/10/2009 5:50:39 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Liberals just hate the military and reveal it in everything they do.


35 posted on 07/10/2009 5:51:21 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: Danae; IronJack

Iron Jack said it above: these are the same people who complained nightly on the evening news about body armor, armored vehicles, supplies, equipment.

It’s hypocrisy like this that reminds me how much I despise these people.


36 posted on 07/10/2009 5:55:57 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: xzins

Traitor to his own soldiers.


37 posted on 07/10/2009 5:58:56 PM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: R0CK3T

Bullseye.


38 posted on 07/10/2009 6:00:40 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: indylindy

Cannot run a war - many of our brave warriors will die / cnnnot run the economy - many will die from joblessness induced depression / cannot run healthcare - many will die from lack of timely treatment.....
They cannot run squat - therefore - they should not run anything but OUT OF OUR GOVERNING BODIES.


39 posted on 07/10/2009 6:03:32 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: xzins

Great...I have a son that leaves for Afghanistan in 10 months. (recently returned from Iraq). Just EFFING great...


40 posted on 07/10/2009 6:10:03 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: Polarik

Can’t expect much coming from a Kenyan.


41 posted on 07/10/2009 6:10:57 PM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: xzins
This from the same party that campaigned on the alleged Republican failure to provide body armor and up-armored personnel carriers?
42 posted on 07/10/2009 6:12:56 PM PDT by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: xzins; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest.

Obama Says A Baby Is A Punishment

Obama: “If they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

43 posted on 07/10/2009 6:13:31 PM PDT by narses (http://www.theobamadisaster.com/)
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To: tsmith130

Prayers for your son. Thank him for his service.


44 posted on 07/10/2009 6:13:42 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: americanophile

Pres Bush’s problem was the time involved in getting new gear from the research lab, into production, and then into the field. The left NEVER was honest about that.

In this case, Obama is simply cutting funding for refurbishment and upgrades. THAT is criminally negligent with a war going on. It might be the most impeachable-worthy act in his administration to date.


45 posted on 07/10/2009 6:16:22 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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To: xzins

Treason...


46 posted on 07/10/2009 6:18:28 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: xzins
And to yours as well!
47 posted on 07/10/2009 6:18:39 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: xzins

What a piece of sh*t.


48 posted on 07/10/2009 6:18:50 PM PDT by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: xzins

The Kenyan Clown intends to destroy our military.


49 posted on 07/10/2009 6:20:39 PM PDT by snowsislander (NRA -- join today! 1-877-NRA-2000)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Agreed


50 posted on 07/10/2009 6:21:04 PM PDT by xzins (Chaplain Says: Jesus befriends those who seek His help.)
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