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Saturday, January 21, 2006

A job well done

The military's primary vehicle armoring center in Iraq is closing. Everything that can be armored either already is, or is coming over to Iraq with armor installed.

From zero to everything in just over two years.

Not bad.

And for those that say "But we should have had that from day one! Rumsey lied, soldiers died!", take a moment to look up how quickly the military responded to similar problems in the past. It took years to figure out how to bomb Germany without horrendous losses in aircraft, how to defeat the Zero, how to defend against the 88mm gun. Heck, they never did figure out how to effectively get around the machine gun in World War One. By all previous standards, the Army's response to IED's has been lightning-quick.


At 8:41 PM, Blogger Doug Adamavich said...

...add all the myriad procurement rules, Congressional appropriations, intra-service and inter-service rivalries, budgetary constraints, production lead-times, and Lord knows what else and you have a mess. The fact that an organization of millions of military and civilian personell, a handful of brances, a bunch of departments, and thousands of suppliers can get *anything* done is a miracle in itself. The Army is fairly nimble for an organziation of 500,000 soldiers which is under-reported and under-appreciated as well. Very well done.


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