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  • In Praise of Senator Biden: Survivable Rides for the Troops

    04/26/2007 7:07:34 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 5 replies · 686+ views
    Winds of Change ^ | April 26, 2007 | Joe Katzman
    HMMWV, IEDed(click to view full) Senator Biden [D-DE] took some deserved heat the other day for saying something really stupid, not exactly an uncommon occurrence for a politician. What is uncommon is an effort by a politician that actually makes a difference on the ground, and fulfills a moral calling. Which Senator Biden has also done recently... and so I'd like to cover that road less traveled, instead. What he has done is going to save a number of lives, on the front lines, in both of CENTCOM's theaters of war. It's late, the reasons why it's late have shocked...
  • Marines to trade in vulnerable Humvees

    02/16/2007 10:17:29 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 31 replies · 1,253+ views
    Baltimore Sun via Seattle Times ^ | 15 February 2007 | David Wood
    Marines to trade in vulnerable Humvees By David Wood The Baltimore Sun WASHINGTON — Marines in heavily armored Humvees are being killed by powerful roadside bombs at such a rate that the Marine Corps intends to replace all its Humvees in Iraq with specialized, blast-resistant armored vehicles, according to senior Marine officers. The Army will continue to rely primarily on armored Humvees, senior Army officers said Wednesday. The decision to scrap the Marines' Humvees in Iraq, after years of trying to protect crews by adding armor plate, was made by Lt. Gen. James Mattis, commander of Marines forces in the...
  • Deadly price paid for Humvee armor used to protect soldiers

    06/19/2006 5:01:27 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 24 replies · 2,060+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 11 June 2006 | Russell Carollo, Mike Wagner
    Sgt. Rene Knox Jr. of New Orleans was driving a heavily armored Humvee on a blackened dirt road near Balad, Iraq, when the vehicle rolled down an embankment and into a canal — killing Knox, two other soldiers and a serviceman trying to rescue them. Three days later, Sgt. Timothy R. Osbey and Spc. Joseph A. Rahaim, National Guardsmen from Magnolia, Miss., drowned under nearly identical circumstances when their Humvee rolled over into a canal. Twelve days later, Sgt. Julio E. Negron and Spc. Lizbeth Robles of Fort Carson, Colo., were killed and two others were injured after their armored...
  • Armor on Iraq Humvees Is Linked to Deadly Rollovers

    06/13/2006 9:31:58 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 26 replies · 757+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 12, 2006
    Thousands of pounds of armor added to military Humvees in Iraq have made the vehicles more likely to roll over and kill or injure soldiers, a newspaper reported. "I believe the up-armoring has caused more deaths than it has saved," Scott Badenoch, a former Delphi Corp. vehicle dynamics expert, told the Dayton Daily News for its Sunday editions. An analysis of the Army's ground-accident database, which includes records from March 2003 through November 2005, found that 60 of the 85 soldiers who died in Humvee accidents in Iraq -- or about 70 percent -- were killed when the vehicle rolled,...
  • Reactions mixed to gunner’s safety suit

    05/08/2006 9:02:02 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 20 replies · 779+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 8, 2006 | Monte Morin
    Reactions mixed to gunner’s safety suit Cooling system iffy, but face shield gets an A+ By Monte Morin, Stars and StripesMideast edition, Monday, May 8, 2006 Monte Morin / S&S Military police in Mosul, Iraq, have been testing the new Cupola Protective Ensemble since January. The modified bomb disposal suit has already saved three soldiers’ lives, commanders said. Monte Morin / S&S A soldier dons his Cupola Protective Ensemble recently in Mosul, Iraq. Soldiers said they thought the suits looked “goofy” although they provided added  protection against roadside bombs. Monte Morin / S&S A vest soldiers wear beneath their bomb...
  • More ‘mean-looking’ ASVs planned for Iraq

    04/13/2006 7:35:35 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 54 replies · 2,499+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 14, 2006 | Jeff Schogol
    CAMP ANACONDA, Iraq — Spc. David Norris swivels like a ball-turret gunner in an old bomber as he moves the internal turret of his Armored Security Vehicle to check for prowling insurgents on a main Iraqi road. With a turret that allows gunners to fire while inside the vehicle, three layers of armor and an imposing look, the ASVs also have a distinct psychological effect on those inside and out of the vehicles, soldiers said. The ASV is part of the evolving war-scape of Iraqi roads, which has proven to be a tough battleground for Humvees. Norris, 24, has been...
  • Armored Humvee replacement competition

    03/29/2006 9:42:10 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 51 replies · 23,336+ views
    Murdoc Online ^ | March 29, 2006 | Murdoc
    Set Condition 1 has some info on the contenders: Bushmaster meets the competition in the USAirborne Combat Engineer notes The Army is looking at off-the-shelf vehicles and asks Why not buy an interim replacement for the Humvee?Joe Katzman: Hummer Deathtraps Suck: Take 2UPDATE: I knew I'd seen another good post on the Humvee problem just recently. In an update to his post, Joe K points out Washington Park Prophet's, um, The Humvee Problem.For the record, Murdoc isn't necessarily down on the Humvee. But Murdoc's down on the fact that our military seems to be reacting in slow motion to this...
  • Hummer Deathtraps Suck

    03/23/2006 6:56:16 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 102 replies · 10,698+ views
    Winds of Change ^ | March 24, 2006 | Joe Katzman
    Over at DID, I note that the US military has just begun fielding a new variant of the HMMWV jeep: the M1151 and M1152. Think of them as Hummer v2.1. The good news is that the new hummers are designed for rapid installation and removal of armor in the field, with minimal tools and support. This greatly simplifies logistics and upgrades, and allows the armor to be removed when it isn't needed so the Hummers will last a little longer (up-armored HMMWV suspensions die quickly due to all the extra weight). The bad news is that despite the armor improvements,...
  • Deadly attacks prompt safer combat vehicles

    12/29/2005 12:26:10 AM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 15 replies · 1,308+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Engineer Paul Green wheels his company's new fully armored combat vehicle over the clay roads and muddy streambeds of the South Carolina backcountry, guns the engine and races over one hill and then the next. "This is designed to be what we thought would be a step up from the Humvee," he shouts as he shifts gears. "This vehicle was never designed to be a direct replacement for the current armored Humvee." But the prototype -- christened the MUV-R (Mine-protected Utility Vehicle/Rapid Deployable) by its manufacturer, Charleston, S.C.-based Force Protection, Inc. -- may well be.
  • The "Ultimate Betrayal"?

    12/21/2005 5:52:15 AM PST · by Moonraker · 38 replies · 1,598+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 21, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Why is it taking so long to design, develop, produce, and deploy — in adequate numbers — a troop-transporting armored vehicle that would replace the up-armored Humvee in Iraq? I've been asked that question time and again, not by soldiers and Marines who ride in Humvees daily, but by fellow journalists, many of whom have logged time in Iraq or Afghanistan. One reporter said to me it was "criminal negligence" on the part of the White House and the Defense Department. Another referred to it as "the ultimate betrayal" of our soldiers. Despite their time in country, both reporters are...
  • The “Ultimate Betrayal”? - Humvee realities.

    12/22/2005 12:57:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies · 3,354+ views
    NRO ^ | December 21, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version December 21, 2005, 8:05 a.m. The “Ultimate Betrayal”? Humvee realities. By W. Thomas Smith Jr. Why is it taking so long to design, develop, produce, and deploy — in adequate numbers — a troop-transporting armored vehicle that would replace the up-armored Humvee in Iraq? I've been asked that question time and again, not by soldiers and Marines who ride in Humvees daily, but by fellow journalists, many of whom have logged time in Iraq or Afghanistan. One reporter said to me it was "criminal negligence" on the part of the...
  • A firsthand account of roadside bombing Armor plating on military vehicle called a lifesaver

    12/20/2005 10:30:17 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 19 replies · 951+ views
    SFGate.com | December 20, 2005 | Tim Albone
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/12/20/MNGD8GAJNJ1.DTL
  • Armored Hummers Becoming Standard

    10/26/2005 9:06:51 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 17 replies · 879+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | October 26, 2005
    Although the M1114, armored, version of the hummer gets a lot of publicity because of its popularity among troops in Iraq, the 5.5 ton vehicle has been around for some ten years. Originally intended for peacekeeping operations, it was successfully used in the Balkans during the 1990s. The M1114 was based on a earlier version, that had served in the 1991 campaign in Kuwait. The M1114 is basically an armored car, with a crew of four and a payload of one ton (plus two tons that can be towed.) A 190 horsepower engine gives it a top speed of 80...
  • Katrina Kills ASV Production

    09/21/2005 12:32:52 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 24 replies · 1,060+ views
    Strategypage ^ | September 21, 2005
    Hurricane Katrina has reduced production of armored vehicles used by troops in Iraq. The plant assembling the ASV (armored security vehicle) is in southern Louisiana, and was flooded by Katrina. About 85 percent of the 1,200 workers are still missing, having been displaced when their homes were destroyed by the hurricane. The Textron plant itself was damaged, but not destroyed. The workers who have returned are cleaning things up and getting ready to resume production by the end of October. The plant has orders for some 900 ASVs. The ASVs, costing about $690,000 each, were originally developed in the 1990s...
  • Army Steps Up Humvee Orders for Troops in Iraq

    12/25/2003 2:27:35 PM PST · by Ranger · 26 replies · 806+ views
    nyt ^ | 12/25/03 | FARA WARNER
      ISHAWAKA, Ind. - Attacks on Humvees in Iraq are reverberating in this small Indiana town, where a production line is gearing up to sate a growing hunger for these vehicles and to save soldiers' lives. The military, though, does not want just any Humvees. Too many soldiers have faced machine-gun or grenade attacks in vehicles clad in fiberglass and aluminum, often with fatal consequences. So the Army, realizing that it had not ordered enough armored vehicles, sent out an urgent call for more. The AM General plant here is doing its best to comply. One recent day, an...
  • Army to Expand Array of Armored Vehicles in Iraq

    09/19/2005 11:47:20 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 39 replies · 9,279+ views
    National Defense ^ | October 2005 | Sandra I. Erwin
    Amid a wave of violence in Iraq, U.S. military commanders there are requesting additional armored vehicles, particularly large ones that can transport a dozen or more passengers, The Army has shipped more than 10,000 armored Humvees to Iraq, but these only can fit four passengers. To move larger numbers of troops, commanders have limited options. One is a gun-truck armor kit that is installed on 5-ton vehicles, with machine guns mounted around the cargo box. The gun-truck kit was dubbed “Hunter Box” after Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who earmarked funds for the project. Researchers at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory...
  • Commanders plead for armor..

    11/15/2004 9:47:05 AM PST · by crushelits · 26 replies · 1,689+ views
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Rowan Scarborough
    Commanders have requested to nearly double the number of armored utility vehicles in Iraq to 8,000, in yet another shift in equipment needs to keep pace with an insurgency that continues to strike troops. Acting Army Secretary Les Brownlee told of the newest requisition during a recent hourlong interview with The Washington Times. It is the commanders' job in the field to devise the tactics to defeat an enemy made up of foreign terrorists, Saddam Hussein loyalists and criminals freed by the fallen dictator. Back at the Pentagon, it has been Mr. Brownlee's job to make sure they have the...
  • Soldiers rely on heavy metal (Embedded blogger)

    08/11/2005 2:00:05 PM PDT · by Tatze · 14 replies · 1,291+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | August 10, 2005 | MONI BASU
    Soldiers rely on heavy metal By MONI BASU | Wednesday, August 10, 2005, 10:46 PM The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Camp Striker, Iraq — First Sgt. Bobby Barnes pointed to two heaps of mangled, metal contraptions sitting on the far side of a sand berm, behind a maintenance depot affectionately known as “the Alamo.” Melted magnesium and aluminum. Crushed steel. Burned out seats and radio equipment. The wreckage used to be Humvees that soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Brigade Combat Team drove outside Camp Striker for missions in the Baghdad area. The vehicles were torn apart by 155mm artillery...
  • USA Today's Pentagon Reporter Resigns Under Pressure (Squitieri Accused of Plagiarism)

    05/05/2005 5:49:49 PM PDT · by wjersey · 20 replies · 958+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/5/2005 | Howard Kurtz
    A USA Today Pentagon correspondent, Tom Squitieri, resigned under pressure today after the paper learned he had lifted quotes from another newspaper for a front-page story and used several other quotes, without attribution, that were cut during the editing process. In a March 28 piece on the Army falling behind in ordering armored Humvees for Iraq, Squitieri quoted Brian Hart of Bedford, Mass., whose son was killed in the war. The same quote appeared, word for word, in the Indianapolis Star in May 2004: "My son called me the week before he was killed. He said they were getting shot...
  • Humvee Crashes Perplex Army

    03/18/2005 7:26:14 AM PST · by Pendragon_6 · 50 replies · 1,250+ views
    USA Today via Yahoo News ^ | 3-18-2005 | Gregg Zoroya
    The Army is baffled by a recent spate of vehicle accidents in Iraq - many of them rollovers involving armored Humvees - that have claimed more than a dozen lives this year. One key concern: Soldiers lack the skills to handle the heavier Humvees and are losing control as they speed through ambush areas before insurgents detonate roadside bombs. "An individual feels that if he goes faster he can avoid that threat," says Lt. Col. Michael Tarutani, an Army official tracking the accidents. "But now he's exceeded, first, maybe his capabilities, and then maybe the speed for those conditions." In...
  • PAJAMAHADEEN ALERT: Facts on Humvee Armor Big Media Ignores

    12/10/2004 7:04:48 PM PST · by Doctor Raoul · 133 replies · 10,404+ views
    See the following articles: http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/breaking_10.html http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/203200_armor10.html http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/m998.htm From those articles and webpages, here's some facts: 19,400 Humvees in Iraq 5,900 were shipped from factory with armor 9,000 upgraded with kits in theater TODAY 77% of Humvees in Iraq are armored Unarmored Humvees aren't supposeed to go off base. Unarmored Humvees travel between bases on a flatbed truck. Of 9,386 armor kits shipped to Iraq, 9,143 have been installed. That's 97% installed, only 3% to go. There are at least 16 varients of the Humvee: M998 cargo/troop carrier without winch M1038 cargo/troop carrier with winch M966 TOW missile carrier, basic armor,...
  • Up-Armored Vehicle Effort Progressing Full Steam Ahead

    10/29/2004 12:19:30 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 14 replies · 493+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | October 29, 2004 | Donna Miles
    Up-Armored Vehicle Effort Progressing Full Steam Ahead By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2004 — The assembly lines are moving 24/7 to keep up with the demand for up-armored vehicles in Iraq and for conversion kits to add extra protection to vehicles already there. Gary Motsek, director of support operations for the U.S. Army Materiel Command, said the effort to provide increased vehicle protection against grenades, improvised explosive devices and small-arms fire is progressing fast and furiously as demand continues to increase. Nearly 5,100 up-armored Humvees have been delivered to Army and Marine Corps units in...
  • Add-on armor provides added protection to 2nd BCT Soldiers

    08/26/2004 9:03:38 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 3 replies · 533+ views
    1st Infantry Division News ^ | August 18, 2004 | Army Specialist Sean Kimmons, 25th ID (L) PAO)
    Add-on armor provides added protection to 2nd BCT Soldiers Staff Sgt. Leonard Bergantzel, a track mechanic for the 286th Ordnance Company, uses a blow torch to fabricate a piece of side armor inside the maintenance support team's workshop on Kirkuk Air Base Aug. 18. The side armor will be used to protect Soldiers situated in the rear of cargo HMMWVs. (Photo by Spc. Sean Kimmons, 25th ID (L) PAO) KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq – In order to prevent injuries or deaths due to small arms fire and improvised explosive devices, add-on armor kits are being installed onto many 2nd...
  • 2nd ID vehicles are upgraded to survive rough traveling in Iraq

    08/20/2004 9:41:29 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 13 replies · 824+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 20, 2004 | Seth Robson
    Friday, August 20, 2004 2nd ID vehicles are upgraded to survive rough traveling in Iraq By Seth Robson, Stars and StripesEuropean edition, Friday, August 20, 2004 Seth Robson / S&S A 2nd Infantry Division Humvee from South Korea has new armored doors and windows and an air conditioner unit installed at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Seth Robson / S&S Pfc. Mark Greene of the 699th Maintenance Company, 21, of North Carolina works on an armored door at the Camp Buehring "Mad Max" shop. CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait — Soft-shelled 2nd Infantry Division vehicles are getting a Middle East makeover that includes armor,...
  • Armor plates saving lives

    07/19/2004 5:24:34 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 4 replies · 964+ views
    NORRISTOWN - Earlier this month, a doctor at Wills Eye Hospital, in Philadelphia, picked tiny bits of shrapnel out of Sgt. Matthew Crawford's left eye with a needle and tweezers. Four pieces were removed the first day; three more a few days later.For now, the 24-year-old Marine reservist, who was wounded in an explosion in Iraq, can't focus his injured eye to read even the largest "E" on an eye chart. As the Humvee carrying Crawford and four other Marines passed a roadside fruit stand in Baghdad on June 29, an improvised bomb blew up. Crawford was sitting in the...
  • Cavalry Scouts in Iraq Perform Old Mission

    07/16/2004 7:33:47 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 28 replies · 1,334+ views
    Lakeland Ledger ^ | July 16, 2004 | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    Standing on a high bridge over a railroad track northwest of Baghdad at dusk, cavalry scout Capt. Will Hickok VI scans the horizon, looking for insurgents planting bombs or preparing mortar and rocket attacks. "This is what I like, just scouting," said Hickok, of Dillsburg, Pa. "Sitting out here, spying, watching out, it's relaxing ... it's almost like cowboys and Indians." A distant descendant of Wild Bill Hickok, the 33-year-old Army officer commands an elite unit that also traces its ancestors to the 19th century, using traditions of speed and stealth to seek out the enemy and ambush them. Instead...
  • Blast-resistant vehicles finding favor among Marines in Iraq

    07/04/2004 1:20:37 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 1,651+ views
    Marinlink ^ | 7-4-04 | Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald
    CAMP HURRICANE POINT, Iraq(June 29, 2004) -- Gunnery Sgt. Paul L. Jones knows firsthand the damage improvised explosive devices can cause to personnel and vehicles alike. Jones, motor transportation chief with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, said the battalion has already lost too many Marines and quite a few vehicles because of the homemade explosives set up by anti-Iraqi fighters. Razor-sharp shrapnel and other debris from IEDs can slice through the bodies of standard humvees, killing or maiming passengers and causing severe damage to the vehicles' working parts. The battalion recently received two variants of "uparmored humvees" to reduce the...
  • ARMORED WARFARE: German Dingo Joins Israeli Army

    06/28/2004 3:00:59 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 33 replies · 858+ views
    StrategyPage.com ^ | June 28, 2004
    June 28, 2004: The Israeli answer to armored hummers is the German Dingo. This vehicle is actually a standard commercial Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG 4 x 4 truck with an armored body. The vehicle weighs 4.4 tons and normally carries a driver and four passengers (although as many as seven people can squeeze in). It's roughly similar in size and capability to an armored hummer. Israel is buying a hundred of the Dingos. The vehicles will be used for patrolling hostile areas, where small arms fire and roadside bombs may be encountered. The German army has also bought 56 Dingos.
  • Fix the Aging Humvee

    06/23/2004 1:00:10 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 50 replies · 2,832+ views
    DefenseWatch ^ | 06-22-2004 | Wayne Hommer
    The U.S. Army fielded the HMMWV (or “Humvee,” as we call it) in 1983. At that time, the Humvee represented the pinnacle of automotive technology. Over the last 21 years however, the Humvee has begun to grow long in the tooth. In 1991 the Army began fielding the M998A2 model, which addressed some of the concerns voiced by units after Operation Desert Storm. The A2 version of the M998 accounts for less than half of the Humvee fleet however, and despite efforts in the mid 1990’s to rebuild the aging fleet, cost ultimately precluded the proposals execution (see a related...
  • Sen. Kennedy visits Protech plant

    06/19/2004 5:59:31 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 29 replies · 505+ views
    The Berkshire Eagle ^ | Saturday, June 19, 2004 | Bill Carey
    PITTSFIELD -- Employees of a firm that produces body armor for American soldiers are doing important work in defense of the country, U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said during a visit to the company yesterday. Kennedy, a leading Democratic critic of the war in Iraq, visited Protech Armored Products, which in the last year has grown substantially to fill $40 million in orders from the Pentagon for protective armor plates used by soldiers as inserts. He stayed for more than an hour, meeting privately with company officials, touring the plant and then addressing employees. "It's an honor to be here,...
  • From Balad to Baghdad, infantrymen pull MP duty on Iraq's highways

    06/17/2004 2:00:11 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 8 replies · 756+ views
    European Stars and Stripes ^ | Thursday, June 17, 2004 | Rick Scavetta
    MAIN SUPPLY ROUTE TAMPA, Iraq — The radio inside Sgt. Jim Tomlinson’s armored Humvee chatters out details of a firefight along the road up ahead. The infantryman calls to Spc. Stephen Lord, the machine gunner up top, to be alert. “A unit is taking small arms fire, engaging the enemy on both sides,” Tomlinson yells. “51 Alpha.” Lord knows what that means. Tomlinson’s words, 51 Alpha, refer to an overpass along the highway just inside Baghdad’s North End. A roadside bomb that insurgents planted there recently earned Lord a Purple Heart when it exploded above the 19-year-old generator mechanic from...
  • The death wagons of Iraq

    06/15/2004 6:13:24 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 62 replies · 1,164+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | David Hackworth
    In Iraq, a Humvee – the modern military's jeep – is involved in an enemy action or a serious fender bender or rollover almost daily. Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz's command has experienced 13 Humvee rollovers, resulting in 17 of his soldiers dying. "Nine of the deaths occurred in the last 90 days," he says. Gen. Metz says that most rollovers occur when "the driver has lost control of the vehicle." In a letter to his unit, he summed up other causes, such as "aggressive driving, lack of situational awareness, rough terrain, poor /limited visibility, adverse traffic conditions, improvised configurations...
  • Master sergeant works at adding heft to Humvees in Iraq

    06/14/2004 3:11:27 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 30 replies · 463+ views
    European Stars and Stripes ^ | June 13, 2004 | By Terry Boyd
    BAGHDAD — The ideal, soldiers say, is that no one in Iraq should have to go outside the wire in anything less than M-1114 factory up-armored Humvee. The reality is, little more than 20 percent of Humvees in Iraq are armored, and some soldiers trust their survival to a few sandbags and steel sheets. Until the ideal is attainable, Master Sgt. Dennis P. Lichtenberg is striving to create the best-protected Humvees short of an M-1114. Lichtenberg has invented a system he calls “The Lick Kit,” a play on his nickname “Lick,” pinned on by fellow reservists from the Pensacola, Fla.-based...
  • U.S. Command Requires More Armored Humvees for Iraq, Army Says

    06/02/2004 8:33:38 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 21 replies · 270+ views
    <p>The U.S. Central Command may request ``several thousand'' more heavily armored Humvee transports for Iraq operations to help minimize growing casualties from snipers and roadside bombs, according to Army and Pentagon officials.</p> <p>The extra vehicles would be in addition to the roughly 4,400 so-called ``Up-Armored'' Humvees the Army already deemed necessary, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers told the House Armed Services Committee May 21.</p>
  • Welders steel Army vehicles for attack in Iraq

    05/29/2004 7:30:23 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 71 replies · 5,217+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 29, 2004 | MATTHEW DOLAN
    CAMP ANACONDA, Iraq — When Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Summers arrived last fall, the Army knew he’d be able save lives. The 7th Transportation Battalion asked the ship hull technician to attach makeshift steel plates to trucks and Humvees. Poorly protected vehicles had been coming under fire every time they left this central logisitics hub for points all over Iraq. Many of the vehicles did not have the extra protection of “armor-up” kits. And the Army didn’t have enough to go around. “I’m a welder by trade,” said Summers, a 33-year-old Naval reservist from Frisco, Calif. “When I got...
  • Army to deploy peel-and-stick armor in Afghanistan

    05/25/2004 5:04:53 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 49 replies · 3,855+ views
    A Vancouver, Wash.-based company is supplying Humvee armor kits for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The Army Humvees will be the first military vehicles outfitted with a peel-and-stick armoring system manufactured by Armor Systems International. ASI representatives are now at a U.S. military base, where they will load 15 Aztik 100 armor kits onto a cargo plane bound for troops in Kandahar early next week. The Army's Rapid Equipping Force ordered the Aztik armor kits in December for use in Iraq but determined a greater need for these resources in Afghanistan. "We're excited to demonstrate the effectiveness and uniqueness of our...
  • PROCUREMENT: Why Reform Fails

    05/22/2004 9:24:28 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 18 replies · 180+ views
    StrategyPage.com ^ | May 22, 2004
    May 22, 2004: The U.S. Department of Defense is going through a rather extreme reorganization at the moment. It’s much more extensive than most people realize. A side effect of this is increased hostility towards current Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. But not because of disagreements over Iraq or the war on terror, but because these reforms threaten defense spending in many Congressional districts, and if that money goes away, it could mean lost elections for the incumbents. Rumsfeld wants to speed up the procurement (which can now take well over a decade) process and make be more responsive to...
  • What's Needed in Iraq Soldiers are up in arms over up-armoring.

    05/18/2004 1:18:42 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 10 replies · 258+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | May 18, 2004 | BRENDAN MINITER
    . . there are about 1,400 vehicles that still need armor plating in Iraq, and although production is ramping up, the military can turn out only enough armor kits for about 220 to 225 vehicles a month. At that rate it will take six months to meet the military's combat needs. "It's not a matter of resources; it's a matter of how fast can we build these things and get them over here," he said. You wouldn't know this from the news coverage following Thursday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. The hearing was convened to discuss the administration's request for...
  • Fighting the Mahdi with Iron Deuce Platoon

    05/17/2004 7:40:06 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 9 replies · 226+ views
    Telegraph News ^ | 17/05/2004)
    Something about Sadr City was not quite right. An hour earlier, there had been the usual throngs of children running out to wave at American soldiers. But as the four Humvees and two Bradley fighting vehicles of the Iron Deuce Platoon of Warrior Company drove out from Camp Eagle the main streets were empty apart from a tethered donkey and a few wandering goats. Small knots of men peered from alleyways. A lone figure appeared from a rooftop and then vanished. "It's kind of quiet around here," said Specialist Daniel Brown, 21, driving Humvee Alpha Three Six. The Americans and...
  • Soldiers in Iraq too vulnerable, says Army specialist

    05/16/2004 5:01:44 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 98 replies · 949+ views
    North West Indiana Times ^ | May 16, 2004 | JERRY DAVICH
    WAR COMPLAINT: Lack of preparation, protection may have cost life and limb, Portage soldier says.BY JERRY DAVICHTimes Staff WriterU.S. military leaders failed their soldiers with inadequate combat equipment, vehicles, leadership and training during Operation Iraqi Freedom, a local soldier believes. Poor planning from day one may have cost American lives and limbs, wrote Army Spc. Christopher Heldt, 24, from his position at the Baghdad International Airport. "Many soldiers have been riding in unprotected HUMMVs for over a year, all the while roadside explosive devices have been the biggest threat we face... on the most dangerous streets in the world," e-mailed...
  • Vest drive raises questions

    05/15/2004 6:20:25 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 15 replies · 310+ views
    Ocala Star-Banner ^ | May 15. 2004 | RICK CUNDIFF
    OCALA - The political fallout from an Army Reservist's request for bulletproof vests to line the interiors of military vehicles in Iraq grew more intense Friday, as a member of Marion County's congressional delegation lambasted Marion Sheriff Ed Dean for Dean's reaction to the request. U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Ocala, sent a statement to the Star-Banner claiming Dean misrepresented the plight of the 351st Military Police Company and "included spurious accusations concerning congressional support for these troops." Dean spearheaded a drive to collect used bulletproof vests from law enforcement agencies statewide after receiving a request from 1st Sgt. Fred Chisholm,...
  • Versatile truck takes on role of tank in Iraq

    05/13/2004 5:07:23 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 28 replies · 6,658+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | May. 13, 2004 | MARK WASHBURN
    Not since the Army replaced horseshoes with tires has a vehicle proven to be as versatile, reliable and multitasked as the humble Humvee. Though it was never designed to be a front-line vehicle, the Humvee has found itself increasingly in the crossfire in Iraq because it's speedy -- 65 mph on a straightaway is well within the reach of the 2 1/2-ton ultimate muscle machine -- and easily adapted to patrol and convoy security duties. Since the fall of Baghdad in 2003, Humvees have been the primary defender of the convoys supplying coalition forces in Iraq, both a high-profile and...
  • GIs rig homemade security for Humvees

    05/10/2004 1:04:21 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 45 replies · 310+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Monday, May 10, 2004 | Terry Boyd
    CAMP BLACK JACK, Iraq — Though he rides through the valley of the shadow of death, Spc. Antrone Vaughn fears no evil. “My religious beliefs don’t allow me to be scared,” said Vaughn, a 26-year-old M240B gunner from Holly Springs, Miss. But by the same token, “God made us to have common sense,” he said. And Vaughn’s common sense tells him there are safer Humvees than his for riding around Baghdad. Vaughn rides with 1st Sgt. James Higgins, Headquarters Support Battalion, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Brigade. Vaughn’s protection from roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenades is half-inch steel sheets his...
  • Army could have bought more armored Humvees

    05/08/2004 5:07:27 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 126 replies · 724+ views
    May 7, 2004 | Ted Evanoff
    Military understated how many can be made The secretary of the Army said in November that the military was buying every armored Humvee that could be made. Politicians and parents pointed out that the factories could turn out thousands more of the steel-plated trucks.
  • Meehan crashes news conference on Humvee funding

    04/30/2004 8:08:23 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 84 replies · 2,874+ views
    Lowell Sun ^ | Thursday, April 29, 2004 | IAN BISHOP
    WASHINGTON A show-and-tell press event using an armored Humvee as the prop devolved into what amounted to a partisan street fight on Capitol Hill yesterday morning. With smiles on their faces and backslaps still fresh, Rep. Marty Meehan, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a Republican from Arizona, excoriated each other over whose party is doing more to protect troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Clearly, funding for armoring Humvees has not been adequate," said Meehan, who infiltrated Hayworth's staged event without invitation and circulated a press release saying it was "outrageous" that the vehicle was in Washington rather...
  • Coming Up On The Big Story -- Are Up Armoored HMMWV's The Right Vehicle To Take To War?

    04/27/2004 2:42:37 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 13 replies · 317+ views
    Fox News ^ | 04-27-04 | Michael Hersh
    Badly underprotected
  • America's Military Says It Best: We Rushed To War Without Fully Equipping Our Troops

    04/27/2004 8:57:55 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 65 replies · 298+ views
    26, 2004 For Immediate Release While the President’s campaign focuses on smearing John Kerry’s patriotism, the head of the US Army Forces Command in Iraq, Larry Ellis, wrote to Army Chief of Staff General Schoomaker today to complain that the military went into Iraq ill-equipped and specifically said that Humvees are not providing enough protection to US troops. This memo is just the latest example of this Administration's continuing disregard for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in Iraq. The Bush White House went to war without being prepared and it has got...
  • NEWSWEEK: Study Suggests 1 in 4 Would Be Alive Today Had They Been in Properly Armored Vehicles

    04/25/2004 7:52:32 AM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 71 replies · 418+ views
    Prnewswire ^ | 4/25/04
    Press Release Source: Newsweek NEWSWEEK: Study Suggests One in Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq Would Be Alive Today if They Had Been in Properly Armored Vehicles Sunday April 25, 10:38 am ET Light-Skinned Humvees Were 'Never Designed To Do This,' Says General, About Facing Vast Roadside Bombs # NEW YORK, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- An unofficial study analyzing the casualty figures in Iraq suggests that many U.S. deaths and wounds simply did not need to occur, Newsweek reports in the current issue. According to the study by a defense consultant, that is now circulating through the Army, of a total...
  • Army rushing more armored Humvees to Iraq

    04/25/2004 11:49:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 153 replies · 1,343+ views
    <p>NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Deafening noise, confusion and fear erupted as the roadside bomb slammed into the U.S. Army Humvee, knocking over Spc. Stephen Monti, who was manning a gun in the turret.</p> <p>"Then we started checking whether we still had our 10 fingers on," Monti recalled of the recent ambush south of Baghdad.</p>
  • ARMORED WARFARE: Additional Armor Wrecking HMMWVs

    04/16/2004 5:57:18 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 35 replies · 1,055+ views
    StrategyPage.com ^ | April 16, 2004
    The increased number of convoy attacks in Iraq has exposed serious problems with the armored HMMWVs. The ton or more of additional armor added to hummers has caused premature wear on the suspension systems. The models of the hummer that had armor installed at the factory, like the M1114, had the suspension beefed up as well. But the standard suspension turned out to develop problems after a few thousand kilometers of travel with the added weight. The army won't say how many hummers have been sidelined for repairs because of this problem, but it appears to be causing some real...