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Army’s plans to relocate gear offer roadmap to future roles

A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle rolls off a C-5 Galaxy at Osan Air Base, South Korea, on July 7, 2012. Five MRAPs were flown to Osan then delivered to the 2nd Infantry Division, which will test the vehicles to see how they might be used by American troops on the Korean peninsula.

ERIC PETOSKY/COURTESY OF THE U.S. AIR FORCE

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 27, 2012

Many of the MRAP armored troop carriers that were used in Afghanistan and Iraq are destined for warehouses in the western Pacific and Italy, according to a report in the New York Times that says these destinations offer an indication of the U.S. Army's plans for the next few years.

The Times notes that vehicles stored in the Pacific region might then be available for contingencies on the Korean peninsula, while those in Italy could be deployed as situations develop in Africa. With its overseas weapons warehouses depleted after the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the Times says, the Army is analyzing the types of equipment that will be needed to fulfill future missions, as well as where to place it.

But the report says the plans for such storage — known as "prepositioned stocks" — are still dependent upon Congressional funding and agreement by host nations.

Source: The New York Times
 

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