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  • San Diego Unified School District Gets Armored Vehicle (MRAP)

    09/10/2014 4:51:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | Setember 9, 2014 | Kristina Davis
    SD Unified gets armored vehicle City schools police have obtained their own military-grade Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle through a federal grant. Known as an MRAP, the armored mobile will be converted into a victim rescue vehicle that will be stocked with thousands of dollars in advanced medical supplies and be able to take heavy fire in case of an attack on campus, the San Diego Unified School District Police Department said Tuesday. The MRAP, valued at more than $700,000, was acquired at no cost to the district. The vehicle is expected to be operational in October. “We recognize the public...
  • Police benefit from military gear; critics fear it could alter tactics

    08/25/2014 7:19:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-23-14 | Mara H. Gottfried and C.J. Sinner
    Minnesota law enforcement agencies have nearly $10 million worth of military surplus equipment, an amount that has worried some people who say police have strayed from their civilian roots. Through a program to transfer surplus military gear to local law enforcement agencies, Minnesota departments have received about 3,300 weapons, 40 tactical vehicles and 40 pairs of night-vision goggles. The U.S. Defense Department's 1033 program has been around for decades, though it's been in the spotlight after racially charged unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. The initial police reaction to the protests...
  • Florida sheriff defends acquisition of surplus MRAP

    07/02/2014 5:59:31 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2014
    Florida sheriff defends acquisition of surplus MRAP Published June 30, 2014 Associated Press DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. – A decision by one Panhandle sheriff's office to purchase a military surplus MRAP is being criticized by some residents. The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that the Walton County Sheriff's office bought the mine-resistant and ambush-resistant MRAP for just the $2,500 cost of delivery. Sheriff Mike Adkinson says the heavy-duty vehicle will protect his officers in dangerous situations. But some residents told the newspaper that the military vehicle is an unnecessary show of force in their largely rural county.
  • An Iowa City With A Population Of 7,000 Will Receive Armored Military Vehicle

    04/09/2014 12:31:34 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    Moving along to the subject of today’s absurdity, the tiny city of Washington, Iowa with a population of 7,000 and 11 police officers, will be receiving a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. Yes, they will be employing one of these in the field:
  • Why Would Police Need This Unstoppable Military Vehicle?

    04/07/2014 10:02:18 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 69 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Apr 7, 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    Residents of Saginaw County, Mich. could soon find themselves confronted by a behemoth best suited for the war-torn streets of Afghanistan. According to Sheriff William Federspiel, his department recently obtained a Mine Resistant Ambush Proof (MRAP) vehicle straight from the U.S. Army.
  • US seeking buyers for old military equipment

    03/31/2014 11:48:52 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 3/31/2014 | KATHY GANNON
    The United States is trying to sell or dispose of billions of dollars in military hardware, including sophisticated and highly specialized mine resistant vehicles as it packs up to leave Afghanistan after 13 years of war, officials said Monday.
  • Banning Officials Mum About PD Acquisition of Armored Vehicle and Costly Crash

    12/13/2013 4:49:17 PM PST · by granite · 34 replies
    Banning-Beaumont Patch ^ | December 13, 2013 at 03:50 PM | Posted by Guy McCarthy
    The Banning Police Department's acquisition of a surplus Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle and their subsequent crash of the vehicle in Arizona was three months ago, but an acting police commander and the city's spokesman said Thursday they could not comment because there's a personnel investigation under way. It remained unclear this week whether city council members were consulted publicly or privately about acquisition of the 18-ton armored truck before the Sept. 16 crash on Interstate 10 in Buckeye, west of Phoenix, which has resulted in a claim of more than $42,000 against the City of Banning.
  • Drones, Tanks, and Grenade Launchers: Coming Soon to a Police Department Near You

    11/24/2013 6:08:15 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 78 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | 11/18/2013 | By John W. Whitehead
    Why does a police department which hasn’t had an officer killed in the line of duty in over 125 years in a town of less than 20,000 people need tactical military vests like those used by soldiers in Afghanistan? For that matter, why does a police department in a city of 35,000 people need a military-grade helicopter? And what possible use could police at Ohio State University have for acquiring a heavily-armored vehicle intended to withstand IED blasts? Why are police departments across the country acquiring heavy-duty military equipment and weaponry? For the same reason that perfectly good roads get...
  • Breaking MRAPs

    How to disable MRAP Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Light Armored Vehicles As of 2013, constitutional Americans have witnessed an increase in hostile posturing by the federal government. These hostile actions were clearly outlined by the CMF Website Administrator in the article ‘The American Government continues to target Preppers’. One of the most notable actions outlined in this article was the purchase of 2,700 MRAP Light Armored Vehicles by the Department of Homeland Security. A purchase warranted as unnecessary and irrational by seasoned military and police personnel. This single purchase of MRAPs is understandably unnerving for those in the survival community. Its...
  • The War on Us (Police State America)

    10/30/2013 7:01:16 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 29, 2019 | Donald R. McClarey
    Back in the Eighties, when the Time-Life series on the Civil War was coming out, there was a dramatic ad with a Civil War soldier pointing a musket at the reader. The ad said: “If the battle of Gettysburg were fought today, you would be the enemy.” Increasingly many Americans, most, but not all, conservative and/or religious, are being treated as enemies to be subdued by their own government. Angelo M. Codevilla in a brilliant post at the Library of Liberty and Law faces the issue squarely: Increasingly, the US government’s many police forces (often state and local ones as...
  • John Sununu: St. Cloud's new military vehicle shows Homeland Security's excesses

    10/29/2013 2:52:02 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 61 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 10-29-13 | John Sununu
    When director Ivan Reitman made the movie "Stripes," he wasn't trying to predict the future. He was just trying to be funny. The vehicle for his humor was the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle, commandeered by a ragtag group of neophyte soldiers led by actor Bill Murray. It resembled a family Winnebago -- with a nice color scheme and user-friendly interior -- but came with bulletproof shields and flamethrowers. It was only a matter of time before everyone would want one. That dream finally came true for St. Cloud, Minn. -- population 66,000. Courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security, America's...
  • Column: The militarization of U.S. police forces

    10/23/2013 1:36:15 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/22/2013 | Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers
    This month, more Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles (MRAPs) have found their way from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the Main Streets of America. These are just the latest acquisitions in a growing practice by Pentagon that's militarizing America's municipal police forces. Police departments in Boise and Nampa, Idaho, each acquired an MRAP, as did the force in High Springs, Florida. The offer of war-ready machinery, at practically no cost, has proven hard to resist for local police departments. Increasingly, they are looking like soldiers equipped for battle. The growing similarity between our domestic police forces and the U.S. military...
  • Preston police chief touts acquisition of armored vehicle for department

    10/11/2013 5:48:40 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 49 replies
    idaho state journal ^ | 9/27/2013 | Chief Ken Geddes
    PRESTON — The Preston Police Department acquired a Mine Resistance Ambush Protected Personnel Carrier (MRAP) from the United States Army within the past week. The military has chosen to make equipment available to law enforcement agencies to increase domestic security in our country. MRAP’s are armored fighting vehicles are designed for the purpose of surviving attacks and ambushes, including mines explosions. Preston Police department applied for the vehicle in early spring of this year. The Preston City Council considered the proposal and possible benefits to our city and the surrounding communities and approved the acquisition. The vehicle comes at no...
  • Dallas Texas: US police obtaining military vehicles to aid hunt for criminals

  • Beware Of The Police's Increasing Militarization

    09/30/2013 4:34:31 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 59 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 30, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Policing: The Dallas County Sheriff's Office gets an MRAP tactical military vehicle, used for counterinsurgency fighting in Iraq, as law enforcement becomes a collection of SWAT teams pursuing not-always-guilty Americans. In early August, a SWAT team broke through the gates of a 3.5-acre farm in Arlington, Texas, that promotes a sustainable lifestyle and did a 10-hour search of the property. Residents were handcuffed and held at gunpoint as police looked for nonexistent marijuana plants and various city code violations. As the owners watched, 10 tons of their private property was hauled off in trucks — dangerous items such as blackberry...
  • Why Does DHS Need More Bullets Per Officer Than Army?

    04/26/2013 3:46:50 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 40 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 26, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Federal Power: Homeland Security's procurement officer is grilled in Congress on why federal agents who rarely fire weapons need several times more bullets annually than an Army officer. Who or what are they shooting at? Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Thursday asked Nick Nayak, DHS' chief procurement officer, a question we and others have been asking: Why has the Department of Homeland Security been buying so much ammunition? Dismissed as a concern only of right-wing conspiracy theorists, the reported amounts as high as 2 billion rounds have varied and been explained not as a one-time purchase but a bulk buy...
  • In Afghanistan, U.S. military scraps billions in equipment

    06/28/2013 12:29:40 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    KDH News/WaPo ^ | 6-26-13 | Ernesto Londoño
    The massive disposal effort, which U.S. military officials call unprecedented, has unfolded largely out of sight amid an ongoing debate inside the Pentagon about what to do with the heaps of equipment that won’t be returning home. Military planners have determined that more than $7 billion worth of equipment — about 20 percent of what the U.S. military has in Afghanistan — will not be shipped back, because it is no longer needed or would be too costly to send home. That has left the Pentagon in a quandary about what to do with the items. Bequeathing a large share...
  • Military to Scrap $7B in Gear [Obama Wasting Resources]

    06/20/2013 6:39:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    newser.com ^ | 6/20/13 | John Johnson
    The US is going to destroy about $7 billion worth of military equipment in Afghanistan because it would cost too much money to ship it home or because the gear wouldn't be of much use anymore, reports the Washington Post. That includes about 2,000 hulking MRAPs—mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles that cost $1 million apiece. The excess equipment is being turned into scrap metal.
  • Retired Army officer warns DHS stockpiling for war against American citizens

    03/24/2013 7:19:55 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 121 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | March 24, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A retired Army officer wrote to a U.S. senator Saturday about his concern that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to arm itself against the people of the United States. Retired Capt. Terry Michael Hestilow posted his letter to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, on his Facebook page, noting that Homeland Security has made a number of large ammunition, weapon and light-armored vehicle purchases recently and has refused to answer questions about them. Hestilow begins by noting the large ammunition, weapon and light armored vehicle purchases recently made by DHS, as well as that agency’s refusal to answer any questions...
  • DHS confirms it's spying on 'anti-government' Americans

    04/03/2013 4:23:03 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 85 replies
    examiner.com ^ | MARCH 30, 2013 | RYAN KELLER
    In an effort to clear up “misconceptions” that the Fusion Centers of the Department of Homeland Security spy on Americans, Arkansas State Fusion Center Director Richard Davis denied that they do this, instead saying that they’re only spying on “anti-government” Americans ... As has been reported, the DHS has released documents listing Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who support gun rights, who oppose the Federal Reserve, oppose illegal immigration and oppose abortion as “domestic extremists” and terrorists. Over the last year, the DHS has purchased nearly 2 billion rounds of mostly hollow point ammunition, more than 2,700 MRAP vehicles designed...
  • DHS Won't Answer Congress On Billion Bullet Purchase

    03/22/2013 5:40:49 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 22, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Bullet Buys: Fifteen members of Congress have written a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding to know why the federal agency is buying so many rounds of ammunition. We'd like to know too. Fifteen members of Congress have sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding to know why the federal agency is buying so many rounds of ammunition. We'd like to know too. Freshman California Republican Doug LaMalfa and 14 of his House colleagues, who signed on to his March 5 letter, are asking the Department of Homeland Security to explain why it is buying...
  • DHS deploying in Homeland with weapons of war (MRAP APCs)

    03/16/2013 12:58:57 PM PDT · by Travis McGee · 148 replies
    Examiner ^ | March 16, 2013 | David Codrea
    The sighting of a Department of Homeland Security Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) at a gas station near Ybor City, Fla. on Wednesday is raising questions, concerns and fears about what the federal government is foreseeing in terms of likely needs for such armed and armored transports.
  • Why Is Obama's Growing DHS Army Buying Armored Vehicles?

    03/05/2013 4:29:55 PM PST · by raptor22 · 74 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 5, 2012 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Security: In addition to stockpiling over a billion bullets and thousands of semiautomatic weapons the feds would deny U.S. citizens, the vehicle of choice for fighting the counterinsurgency war in Iraq is appearing on U.S. streets. The sequestration question du jour is why the Department of Homeland Security, busy releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of deportable and detained illegal aliens due to budget constraints, is buying several thousand Mine Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles? And just who are they intended to be used against? This acquisition comes on top of the recent news of the stockpiling by DHS of more...
  • The “Buildup” Continues: DHS Purchases 2,700 MRAPs (Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles)

    03/04/2013 7:20:52 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 124 replies
    The “Buildup” Continues: Dept. of Homeland Security Purchases 2,700 MRAPs (Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles) For Domestic Use… Posted on March 4, 2013 by sundance Some may ignore – But we ask the same questions again, and again. Why do they need these? – This is beyond Creepy – Who is the DHS going to war against? The Federal Government ordered almost 2 billion rounds of ammunition. They ordered targets looking like average armed citizens. They are conducting military style exercises in urban areas. North Carolina police say they are practicing for martial law. Now this…… Via Modern Survival Blog...
  • Obama DHS Purchases 2,700 Light-Armored Tanks to Go With Their 1.6 Billion Bullet Stockpile

    03/04/2013 6:00:13 AM PST · by Liz · 197 replies
    This is getting a little creepy. According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. DHS also purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAP). (30-35,0000 drones are on order--being built in Starkville, Miss.) Modern Survival Blog reported: The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States. Although I’ve seen and read several online blurbs about this vehicle of late, I decided to dig slightly...
  • Raydon Corp. Gets $36 Million for 11 “Virtual MRAP” Trainers - 3x the Price of an Actual MRAP

    07/14/2010 7:35:11 AM PDT · by Superstu321 · 14 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | July 14, 2010 | Stupac
    The Defense Department recently rewarded the Raydon Corporation over $36 million dollars to develop eleven “Virtual” Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP). While these vehicles are critical to protecting troops from IED’s and other explosives in both Iraq and Afghanistan, $3.3 million per virtual MRAP is nearly three times the amount it takes to build an actual MRAP. From defense.gov: Raydon Corp., Daytona Beach, Fla., was awarded on July 9 a $36,355,550 firm-fixed-price contract. This contract is for 11 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle virtual trainers for the Army National Guard. Work is to be performed in Daytona Beach, Fla.,...
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Pledges Mine-resistant Vehicles to Allies in Afghanistan

    02/08/2010 12:20:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 317+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/8/2010 | Fred W. Baker III
    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Friday pledged surplus mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles along with expanded access to classified information to U.S. allies to help in combating the threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan. “The United States will now do whatever we can within the limits of U.S. law, and as soon as we can, to provide as many surplus MRAPs as possible to allies, especially to those operating in high-risk areas,” Gates said at a news conference here after meeting with the defense ministers of 44 International Security Assistance Force partner nations. Gates promised to sell, loan or donate...
  • No More Army Humvees; Lots More MRAPS

    02/03/2010 1:25:35 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 781+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | 2/1/2010 | Colin Clark
    The Humvee, which replaced the Jeep, will no longer be bought by the Army. While Arnold Schwarzengger certainly helped boost the Hunvee’s public profile, it has never achieved the legendary status of the Jeep and its vulnerability to land mines (aka IEDs) made it something of a anachronism until much heavier armored versions were deployed. While the service won’t buy any more Humvees, the Army is not getting rid of them. “The Army is not buying more Humvees but other people buy Humvees so the line is not terminated. We envision the Humvee to be an enduring part of the...
  • Middle Eastern hatreds poison left-wing political life (Tariq Ramadan center of angst at ESF)

    12/02/2003 10:29:10 PM PST · by Stultis · 1 replies · 158+ views
    The New Zealand Herald ^ | 18 November 2003 | CATHERINE FIELD
    Middle Eastern hatreds poison left-wing political life 18.11.2003By CATHERINE FIELD Herald correspondent PARIS - Once they squabbled over who was pro-Soviet and who was not. Now, French leftwingers are split just as deeply by a new wedge: Islam. One of the biggest leftwing conferences in years, the European Social Forum (ESF), gathering tens of thousands of people, ended in bitter discord at the weekend over a speaking invitation to a leading Muslim intellectual accused by Jewish groups of anti-Semitism. Several political parties boycotted his appearance, which was loudly applauded by an audience of a thousand. Some political leaders attended reluctantly;...
  • US soldiers express concerns about vulnerability of MRAPs in Afghan theater

    11/05/2009 7:40:20 PM PST · by RaptorY22 · 9 replies · 623+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo News ^ | 05 November 2009 | Jonathan S. Landay, McClatchy Newspapers
    Taliban -led insurgents in Afghanistan have devised ways to cripple and even destroy the expensive armored vehicles that offer U.S. forces the best protection against roadside bombs by using increasingly large explosive charges and rocket-propelled grenades, according to U.S. soldiers and defense officials. At least eight American troops have been killed this year in attacks on so-called Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, and 40 more have been wounded, said a senior U.S. military official who, like others interviewed on the issue, declined to be further identified because of the issue's sensitivity. The insurgents' success in attacking the hulking machines, which...
  • Combat Camera Video: Mine Resistant All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) in Afghanistan

    11/03/2009 6:45:40 AM PST · by Wiz · 1 replies · 769+ views
    Click to watch on You TubeWASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2009 -- Embedded above is a b-roll video of the ATV MRAP in Afghanistan. Scenes include the vehicle driving through the base and interviews. (Courtesy Video, American Forces Network Afghanistan. Length: 00:01:38.)
  • Marines Engineer Afghanistan-Worthy MRAP

    04/29/2009 4:51:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 319+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – The Marines are working to build an Afghanistan-worthy mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle. With 8,000 Marines on their way there now, the Marine Corps wants an off-road version of the MRAP that is now fielded, said Marine Corps Commandant James T. Conway at a news conference here today. While the MRAPs work well to save lives, the bulky, 16-ton vehicle does not work so well where there are not improved roads. In Afghanistan, where there are few improved roads, the vehicles have been known to get bogged down. Conway said that instead of pursuing a new...
  • Defense Department Designs 'Baby MRAP' for War in Afghanistan

    04/01/2009 8:43:05 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 9 replies · 1,513+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 1, 2009 | Matt Sanchez
    Ask any soldier who's been to both countries: Afghanistan is not Iraq. It's a different war against a different enemy in a different country with an entirely different terrain and altitude. One thing is the same, though. The Improvised Explosive Device — the deadly "IED" roadside bombs that blew up Humvees and the soldiers inside them along the dusty roads of Iraq — is an equally effective weapon in the rocky steeps of Afghanistan. When the Humvee proved unable to withstand IED attacks in Iraq, the U.S. military built a new vehicle — the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) —...
  • Military Fields 10,000th Mine-resistant Vehicle to Troops in Iraq

    02/20/2009 3:34:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 446+ views
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 20, 2009 – The U.S. military fielded its 10,000th mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle in Iraq today during a ceremony on Camp Liberty, just 22 months after it was introduced into the theater of operations. Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles sit in a row on the Camp Liberty, Iraq, fielding site, Feb. 20, 2009. The day marked the introduction of the 10,000th vehicle into Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Gaylord  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Servicemembers and civilians from across Victory Base Complex gathered among rows of MRAPs at the largest fielding site in Iraq to acknowledge the...
  • Deploying Marines learn to operate MRAPs

    02/18/2009 3:22:32 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 4 replies · 556+ views
    Marines.mil ^ | 02/18/2009 | By Cpl. Aaron Rooks, 2nd Marine Logistics Group
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — May 11, 2005 in Iraq was just one of the many days in the past that proved why Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles are necessary for marine forces. Aaron Mankin, who was a Marine combat correspondent at the time, would probably agree after his experience that day when an improvised explosive device destroyed the 26-ton amphibious assault vehicle he was in. The blast inflicted second- and third-degree burns over 25 percent of then-Lance Cpl. Mankin’s body, also permanently damaging his lungs after he inhaled the heat, flames and debris. He has since...
  • Serbia Hopes for Lazar APC Sales to Iraq

    02/02/2009 4:58:08 PM PST · by kronos77 · 9 replies · 2,327+ views
    NEWTOWN, Conn. - Serbia hopes to find an export market for its Lazar armored personnel carrier and believes Iraq may provide just such an opportunity, according to statements from the Serbian Defense Ministry. During a visit last week to Iraq, Serbia's Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac and his delegation took note of the enthusiastic response to a presentation concerning the Lazar APC. Serbia is keen on stressing close ties with the new Iraqi government and, in particular, reigniting its former relationship as a defense supplier to the country. Recent initiatives in the latter regard have come under scrutiny, as in the...
  • Hedge Funds to US Soldier: “I need a Maybach, so… You can die too.” (Graphic Photos at source)

    12/06/2008 4:36:21 PM PST · by outofsalt · 18 replies · 1,285+ views
    deepcapture.com ^ | December 6, 2008 | Patrick Byrne
    This story gets told in pictures, mostly. (Link) Take a Mercedes, stir in a couple hundred thousand dollars, and you get a car called a Maybach. Hedge fund guys in New York and Connecticut buy them. This is a Humvee. US military personnel drive them around war zones. This is an Improvised Explosive Device. Extremists set them up on roadsides in Iraq and Afghanistan. When a Humvee meets and IED, this is the result: Fortunately, there is a company in South carolina called “Force Protection, Inc.” They manufacture “Mine Resistant Ambush Protected” vehicles (”MRAP”). Under their skin, MRAPs have V-shaped...
  • Lighter MRAPs for the Troops in Afghanistan

    09/07/2008 8:14:48 AM PDT · by esheltamir · 2 replies · 199+ views
    Defense Update ^ | 9/7/08 | Tamir Eshel
    Defense Update magazine has published a news story about a new Marine Corps contract awarded to Navistar Defense, for the development and production of a lighter version of the MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) under a $752 million contract awarded last week by the US Marine Corps. The corps is the program manager for the development and procurement of the MRAP vehicles, built under an urgent requirement to protect troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from ambushes, improvised explosive devices (IED), mines and roadside bombs. The full story is available: HERE
  • Soldiers Get First Look at MRAP

    05/29/2008 4:54:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 72+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt Jennifer Schweizer, USA
    CAMP TAJI — They’re big – they’re bad – and they’re new. The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle is the Army’s newest improvised-explosive device defense counter measure for Soldiers conducting logistical patrols throughout Multi-National Division – Baghdad. Unfortunately, not much training, if any, is available for units scheduled to deploy at the present time even though this is the equipment Soldiers will most likely operate with once they arrive in theater. Luckily, key members from the 10th Sustainment Brigade, which is scheduled to replace the 1st Sustainment Brigade later this year, were able to get their first look inside...
  • Military adds armor to protect troops in Iraq

    05/09/2008 10:21:19 PM PDT · by Westlander · 1 replies · 85+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5-9-2008 | Associated Press
    The U.S. military is reinforcing the sides of its topline mine-resistant vehicles to shore up what could be weak points as troops see a spike in armor-piercing roadside bombings across Iraq, The Associated Press has learned.
  • 2 more U.S. soldiers' deaths in Iraq raise doubts about MRAP vehicle

    05/06/2008 5:00:58 PM PDT · by Flavius · 25 replies · 58+ views
    wiredispatch ^ | 5/5/08 | By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers
    WASHINGTON — The deaths of two U.S. soldiers in western Baghdad last week have sparked concerns that Iraqi insurgents have developed a new weapon capable of striking what the U.S. military considers its most explosive-resistant vehicle. The soldiers were riding in a Mine Resistant Ambush Protective vehicle, known as an MRAP, when an explosion sent a blast of super-heated metal through the MRAP's armor and into the vehicle, killing t
  • US Marines order more MRAPs

    03/22/2008 2:30:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies · 652+ views
    The Engineer Online ^ | 20 March 2008
    The US Marine Corps has placed two follow-on delivery orders worth a total of $715m with BAE Systems for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. Under the new contracts, BAE Systems will build and deliver 1,024 Caiman-based Category I vehicles and 447 RG33 Category I and II vehicles (bringing the total to 3,150 Category 1 and 1,927 Category II vehicles respectively). BAE Systems anticipates that the Caiman award, worth $481.8m, will include spares and increased contractor logistic support. The RG33 order, worth $234m, involves the production of three special forces command vehicles, 51 ambulance variants and 393 RG33 Category II...
  • Biden, Bond seek probe of vehicle delay

    02/18/2008 1:45:10 PM PST · by mdittmar · 7 replies · 105+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/18/08 | ap
    WASHINGTON - Two senators are urging the Pentagon to investigate a Marine Corps report that bureaucrats refused an urgent request from battlefield commanders in 2005 for blast-resistant vehicles."We need an official investigation to figure out why this happened and to make sure it never happens again," said Sen. Joseph Biden Jr., D-Del. Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been a longtime advocate of building and deploying more of the vehicles, called MRAPs.Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., said the government shouldn't have to "explain to the families of American troops that a cost effective solution capable of saving lives...
  • A New MRAP is Born: Armored Ambulance Newest Addition to Family

    01/17/2008 3:29:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 2,623+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Angel D. Martinez, USA
    The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Heavy Armored Ground Ambulance is the newest vehicle in a new fleet of MRAP being fielded in Iraq. Photo by Spc. Angel Martinez, 113th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. CAMP LIBERTY — Although attacks in Iraq have decreased significantly over the past six months, the Department of Defense has remained steadfast in improving the protection and capabilities of military vehicles in Iraq, keeping Soldiers’ safety the top priority. In keeping with this priority, the new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Heavy Armored Ground Ambulance (HAGA) has made its way to Iraq.The medical sections from 610th Brigade...
  • Pentagon: 1,117 MRAPs delivered downrange

    12/13/2007 9:50:59 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 139+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 14, 2007 | Jeff Schogol
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Defense Department has delivered 1,117 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to the U.S. Central Command theater of operations this year as of Dec. 5, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Wednesday. MRAPs have V-shaped hulls to deflect blasts from underneath and provide more protection against roadside bombs than up-armored Humvees. The Defense Department hopes to have 1,500 vehicles in theater by the end of the year. Those vehicles that are sent by ship first go to Kuwait and are then flown elsewhere in the CENTCOM theater. Morrell could not say Wednesday how many MRAPs would still be...
  • Top Marine Explains Cut in Purchase of Mine-resistant Vehicles

    12/05/2007 4:06:58 PM PST · by Dubya · 4 replies · 59+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2007 - Improved conditions in Iraq and a desire to remain a light, mobile force caused the Marine Corps cut its order for mine-resistant, ambush–protected vehicles, a decision that included careful assessment of its effect on safety of deployed forces, the commandant of the Marine Corps said here today. The Marine Corps has asked the Joint Requirement Oversight Council to cut the number of MRAP vehicles earmarked for the service from 3,600 to 2,300. The safety of Marines and sailors in Iraq was paramount in planners' minds when making the decision, the commandant emphasized. "I am absolutely...
  • Sealift of Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Vehicles Begins

    11/30/2007 4:00:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 116+ views
    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., Nov. 30, 2007 – A commercial cargo ship carrying more than 100 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles for troops in Iraq set sail this week from Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C. A mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle drives onto a commercial vessel at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, S.C. U.S. Transportation Command coordinated the transportation of more than 100 MRAPs to the U.S. Central Command area of operations, marking the first large-scale sealift movement of the life-saving vehicles. Photo by Senior Airman Micky M. Bazaldua, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The vehicles, known as MRAPS, are designed...
  • Marines to cut armored vehicle orders

    11/29/2007 10:07:59 PM PST · by Wiz · 17 replies · 53+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo! News ^ | 2007 Nov 30 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON - The Marines plan to buy fewer bomb-resistant vehicles than planned despite pressure from lawmakers who are determined to spend billions of dollars on the vehicles. ADVERTISEMENT The Marine Corps' requirement for mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles would drop from the planned 3,700 to about 2,400, The Associated Press has learned. The Marines would not comment on the decision, but defense officials confirmed the cut. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced. About a month ago, Marine Commandant Gen. T. James Conway signaled the possibility of a new examination of the commitment to the...
  • Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected Vehicles Delivered to 30th Infantry Regiment

    11/25/2007 9:40:45 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 125+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Michael Connors
    CAMP LIBERTY — Earlier this month, (75) Soldiers here were the first in Task Force Marne to receive Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division completed MRAP drivers training here recently and returned to their respective bases with 20 MRAPs. MRAP fielding will continue steadily with a goal of having the entire task force outfitted by February, said Sgt 1st Class Jabari Williams, the 2nd BCT MRAP fielding NCOIC. MRAPs come in two categories. Category one holds up to six Soldiers and will replace the...
  • VIDEO REPORT: NAVISTAR GOES TO WAR (new Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected MV)

    11/19/2007 2:22:03 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 10 replies · 75+ views
    Crain's Chicago Business . com ^ | 11/19/2007 | Crain's
    Navistar trucks are making the move from the highway to the battlefield with a mine- and ambush resistant military vehicle. Take a closer look at the new min-resistant, ambush-protected military vehicle.