How Bush Supports the National Guard

Not only are they not supporting the troops, but if you look at the Department of Defense’s own FY 2006 National Guard and Reserve Equipment Report you will see that much of the equipment that would be needed in your own community during a domestic emergency such as a flood or an earthquake is in very short supply.  Trucks, trailers, generators, and radios are a few of the items in sort supply thanks to the misguided policies of the Bush Administration.

Equipment_shortages

This chart shows that the Army National Guard and Reserve forces are short about $19 billion dollars worth of equipment.

Here’s part of what the report has to say:

" In the past, the Army National Guard has not been fully resources with equipment.  The shortfall is in equipment on hand and compatibility.  The compatibility issue will be discussed in another paragraph but its importance affects equipment on hand.  The Army provides guidance on what equipment is considered to be an authorized substitute for primary equipment.  While substitutes can be counted in determining equipment on hand, the reality is that much of the substitute equipment does not deploy because it is not the most modern and capable equipment.  The goal is to have troops being deployed into combat equipped with the best equipment possible.  The Army National Guard has had many units resourced below 70 percent for equipment on hand but were required to mobilize units at 90 to 100 percent for all items of equipment.  It has required cross leveling withing the Army National Guard to fill equipment on hand shortages.  The Army National Guard tracks State to State directed transfers, but not internal state transfers. Since the start of the war over 102,000 items have been directed to be cross leveled between States for the Army National Guard."

This is a long report, and they count of the fact that many won’t take the time to read it, but it speaks to the utter failure of the Bush administration to keep our troops supplied and our state guard units prepared to help in another Katrina-type disaster.

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