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Iraq Equipment Replacement Costs
« on: April 30, 2005, 22:52:12 »
And we complain about equipment problems....


The war in Iraq is burning through U.S. military equipment at five to 10 times the peacetime training rate, and the services will have to spend $13 billion to $18 billion to replace it, congressional budget experts say. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimates April 6 at a hearing of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee. Readiness and logistics chiefs from the four services also testified. The services themselves calculate they have unfunded equipment losses of $13 billion. But the CBO said it's too soon to provide an exact estimate, which is why auditors provided a range using two separate accounting systems. Army materiel has borne the brunt of the war. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, CBO director, says that about 60 percent of the $13 billion to $18 billion will be needed to replace worn-out Army equipment. About 20 percent will go to the Air Force and somewhat less to the Marine Corps.

The estimates are for equipment losses through the end of 2005. If forces and operations remain at current levels in the years ahead, the services would need about $8 billion a year to replace worn-out equipment. According to Army stress studies and CBO analyses, Army helicopters are being used at twice their peacetime rate, while tanks and other tracked vehicles are being used at roughly five times their peacetime rates. The Army truck fleet is operating at three to five times its peacetime rate, but the addition of armor plating adds more wear and tear, resulting in a usage rate of roughly 10 times that of peacetime trucking missions, the CBO said. Most battle losses are vehicles that have become so worn out in combat conditions that they cannot be repaired. Helicopters are wearing out more slowly than planners expected because aircrews are applying lessons learned from the 1991 Gulf War and regularly take maintenance steps to counteract tough desert conditions.  The Marine Corps in Iraq is using its vehicles at three to six times the normal peacetime training rate, said Lt. Gen. Jan Huly, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations. According to Lt. Gen. Donald Wetekam, Air Force chief of installations and logistics, one of the Air Force's biggest challenges is the need to recapitalize and reconstitute its aging aircraftâ ?. In the 1991 Gulf War, he said, the average age of aircraft was 17 years. Now, the average aircraft is 22 years old.  The CBO said the Air Force needs $1.2 billion to $1.8 billion a year to replace aircraft being used in the war on terrorism. Tankers and transport aircraft make up about three-quarters of the estimate because of their high usage rates.
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