FRAG Kit 5
Memo to all of the presidential wannabes: I\’m sick of hearing your speeches
and seeing you shake hands when stuff like this is going on. I\’ve had this story
in my to post list for a couple of days, seeing if any of you glory seekers
were going to take the time to actually talk about it. So far, silence. Running for Mr. or Mrs. America is more important.
This especially goes out to McCain and Clinton, both of whom voted against
General Casey to be Army Chief of Staff. Do you think he won\’t act on this continuing killer of our troops? Right. Exactly what have you done for the troops lately?
This is an outrage.
The Army is working to fill a shortfall in Iraq of thousands of advanced
Humvee armor kits designed to reduce U.S. troop deaths from roadside bombs
— including a rising threat from particularly lethal weapons linked to Iran
and known as \”explosively formed penetrators\” (EFP) — that are
now inflicting 70 percent of the American casualties in the country, according
to U.S. military and civilian officials.
The additional protection is needed for thousands of U.S. reinforcement troops
flowing into Baghdad, where these devastating weapons — used primarily by
Shiite fighters — are particularly prevalent, the officials said.
U.S. Army units in Iraq and Afghanistan lack more than 4,000 of the latest
Humvee armor kit, known as FRAG Kit 5, according to U.S. officials. The Army
has ramped up production of the armor, giving priority to troops in Baghdad,
but the upgrade is not scheduled to be completed until this summer, Army officials
said. That is well into the timeline for major operations launched last week
to quell violence by Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias, which the U.S.
military now views as the top security threat in Iraq.
\”Those who need FRAG Kit 5 are receiving FRAG Kit 5 based upon theater
requirements and priorities,\” said Army Brig. Gen. Charles Anderson,
director of force development for the Army deputy chief of staff. The Army
is supplying the life-saving kits \”as quickly as we can,\” he said
in an interview and in written responses. \”Kits are being flown to theater.\”
The Army declined to disclose details on the number of kits installed and
where the shortages exist. … ..
But by all means, Mr. Bush and Senator McCain, the escalation is on.