The Marine Corps is sending an additional 10,000 troops into Afghanistan. And with them goes a team of energy conservation experts seeking ways to reduce the costs of keeping American boots on the ground.
Fuel is one of the Marines’ largest expenses. Getting fuel and supplies into land locked Afghanistan is expensive and convoys are often threatened with roadside bombs.
The Marines use air conditioners to keep tents cool, and the Pentagon is anxious to “reduce such extravagance” in war time. They will be trying out spraying foam insulation onto the exterior of the tents.
President Obama recently agreed to expand the Army by 22,000 troops. This will ease the strain on those who are enduring their 3rd or 4th deployment. This expansion will cost about $1.5 billion.
Obama asked lawmakers to redirect money from the budget directed to equipment. President Obama said the funding could come from “lower priority” requirements that are “no longer needed at the current time.” His letter says that the Pentagon’s “latest assessment is that existing resources …are sufficient to satisfy the immediate need.”
Send troops into combat, but cut back on the equipment, and be sure to reduce any extravagance. I mean they’re just fighting, not going on junkets or vacationing in stylish places. They’re srong young men and women. They can suck it up.
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