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Washington D.C. –In the absence of Ranking Republican Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) of the Readiness Subcommittee today released the following opening statement from the Joint Readiness and Air and Land forces Subcommittee Hearing on Army Equipment Reset:
“I’d like to thank Chairman Abercrombie and all the members of the Air Land Subcommittee for joining us today as we get an update on the Army's equipment reset plans.
“As we all know, the readiness of our troops, their training and equipment, are critical to our national security, and our success in the war on terror. It is imperative that our subcommittees work together to ensure that those needs are known and addressed, through a comprehensive and well thought out plan.
“According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), we have provided $35 billion to the Army to repair, replace, and modernize its equipment since 2002. We have been told that it will require as much as $13 billion per year to meet the Army's continued need for reset. We’ve also been told that that need will likely persist for years after our forces return home.
“Although funding is needed to reset the force, money is only one part of the equation. Resetting the force is an enormous challenge. It is not clear to me that a comprehensive strategy has been developed to address a number of factors, such as depot capacity, workforce availability, industrial base support, fielding of equipment to the Iraqis and thoughtful management of our prepositioned stocks.
“This issue is of particular interest to me – not only for its importance to our national defense – but also because one of our critical maintenance facilities – the Anniston Army Depot – is in my congressional district. I know firsthand the tremendous support that all the men and women that work there do for the military. We appreciate your taking the time to come talk with us today, and I am very interested in hearing about the work of the Reset Task Force.”