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US Marines Relying on Supplementals to Rebuild Force

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More of these…(click to view full) National Defense Magazine notes that the US Marine Corps is requesting $18.2 billion for 2007, while depending on nearly $10 billion in additional funds from 2006 supplemental appropriations. The 2007 request is up slightly from $17.5 billion, but the article notes that 62% will be earmarked for uniformed personnel, 22% for operations and maintenance, and 4% for military construction and family housing. Less than 10% – $1.4 billion – will go to procure new equipment. Planned USMC Supplemental requests include money to: * Replace radio systems. The sand of Iraq is not kind to electronics. * Add armor to ground vehicles. Necessary in the Iraqi environment. * Buy several hundred more new MTVR trucks and up-armor the 900 or so existing MTVR trucks in theater. * Buy new AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and UH-1Y Venom transport helicopters to replace existing AH-1 SuperCobra and UH-1 Huey helicopters. * Buy new Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles to replace the old AAV7 Amtracs, amphibious vehicles that are being used extensively far inland. * Replace retiring M198 155mm howitzers with air-portable but far more expensive M777/ LW155 lightweight howitzers. * Replace worn out or crashed CH-46E Sea Knight and CH-53E […]

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