What’s new with the US military’s use of military equipment
Armed with a new arsenal of equipment, the US Army is making more use of its existing equipment in an attempt to improve its fighting capabilities in Afghanistan.
In an effort to “improve the effectiveness of our training and operations,” the US Military announced Monday that it is deploying a $15 billion “surplus” stockpile of equipment to the Afghan military.
“As of August 1, 2017, the United States Armed Forces have received $15.4 billion in surplus military equipment, including equipment from the Defense Logistics Agency, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund, the Defense Support Fund, and other sources,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
“This includes $1.4 million in surplus ammunition, $1 million in spare parts and spare parts, and $1,400 in surplus tactical and tactical equipment.”
The equipment includes “armored, light, and unmanned vehicles and support equipment, as well as non-armored equipment, support, and logistics support.”
The United States military has deployed “a large number of tactical vehicles, light tactical vehicles and unmanned aircraft” to Afghanistan since the start of the year, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. military.
The announcement comes amid growing concerns that the US is failing to prepare for a possible resurgence of Taliban attacks in Afghanistan after a series of recent high-profile attacks.
“We’re seeing more attacks, more civilian casualties, more deaths,” said Gen. Mark Milley, the commander of the U,S.
Central Command, during a press briefing on Wednesday.
“I don’t think we’re prepared to take them on without military force.”
In May, a US Army armored vehicle that was shot down during a suicide bombing in Kabul was returned to its base after a week-long standoff with Taliban fighters.
The attack, the second deadly attack on an armored vehicle in less than a year, came just days after the Uprising of 2017.