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MILITARY: Panetta needs to stick up for soldiers

Letter by George Autobee, Pueblo, Colo. on April 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm with 11 Comments »
April 28, 2011 2:05 pm

Re: “Obama to shake up security positions” (TNT, 4-28).

Military families will be watching closely to see if soon-to-be Defense Secretary Leon Panetta can defend critical troop equipment from growing congressional demands for deep Pentagon budget cuts. Everyone supports cutting waste, but the wrong cuts could endanger our troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Yet the House Armed Services Committee last year voted to cut funding for the Army’s Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program, which would provide soldiers with the mobile, secure wireless network and portable ground reconnaissance robot capable of delivering and distributing the information that soldiers need to make effective, life-saving decisions.

This technology, which combat veterans have said is needed now in Afghanistan, would enable one platoon to distribute intelligence from local Afghans about the location of nearby roadside bombs to another platoon on patrol along the booby-trapped road, thereby saving lives. It would allow a soldier to send a photo of a wounded buddy to far-away doctors, who can offer critical treatment advice.

During the peak of the Iraq War, our government failed to equip our troops with enough Kevlar vests, with fatal results. Congress shouldn’t repeat that mistake by delaying these life-saving BCTM technologies.

(Autobee is the former legislative liaison with the American GI Forum of the United States.)

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. It isn’t lack of funding but lack of proper budgeting that led to a lack of kevlar vests. The military budget could be cut in half without negative repercussions to the troops. Blame the pencil pushers for wasting huge amounts on shiny toys while not providing for their troops.

  2. beerBoy, you’re absolutely correct.

    Today’s combat troops lug a lot of weight into the field.

    Most of it just hinders movement. My dad explained the infantrymen perspective during WWII in Germany, “If it ain’t bullets or goes boom, leave it behind. Extra weight just slows you down, whether advancing or retreating. Food and water? Kill Germans, eat their food and drink their schnapps.”

  3. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Deep defense cuts are always the solution for funding socialist agendas of the socialist democrat party!!

  4. @ ______house:

    Creating and maintaining a militarized society is requirement for implementing a fascist agenda.

  5. ratujack says:

    beerBoy…..you are scary

  6. You speak the truth Beerboy and they can’t see it.

  7. Panetta, is nothing more than a political hack.

    President Obama constantly changing folks in very critical positions is damaging America’s response time and ability to fight the terrorists in many parts of the World.

  8. What is scary is that you think a militarized society is somehow a sign of individual freedoms.

  9. the3rdpigshouse says:

    bB – you obviously have zero exposure to a truly militarized society/country!!!!

  10. 3pig and you have? When, where, and How.

  11. “Panetta, is nothing more than a political hack.”

    Oh my.

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