Opening Statement of Ranking Member Roscoe Bartlett

Feb 12, 2007
Press Release

Contact: Josh Holly (HASC), 202-226-3988                   Lisa Wright (Bartlett), 202-225-2721 

Washington, D.C. – “Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  I’ll be brief so we can proceed to today’s testimony. 

“First, I’d like to thank our witnesses for being here.  We are very fortunate to have each of you serving our country, and we are very fortunate to have you here today.

“Second, as many of you know, U.S. military equipment usage in Iraq and Afghanistan is estimated to be two to six times peacetime usage rates, on average, depending on the type of equipment and operational conditions.  We in Congress have a responsibility to provide the necessary funding to repair and/or replace this equipment.  Our depots and private industry also play a key role in this effort.  In some cases, legacy equipment is no longer in production, which necessitates superior supply chain management to obtain obsolescent parts or the flexibility to substitute alternative equipment that is in production. 

“Full reset will require a long term plan that includes effective and efficient partnerships between our depots and industry.  The ultimate metric of success is whether or not we are getting the proper equipment into the hands of our brave warfighters in time for them to train before they go into harms way.

“Again, I want to thank all of you for your service to our country. Thank you for being here and I look forward to your testimony.”