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Congress Keeps our Troops in the Dark

During my first tour in Iraq, my team of four had one set of ANPVS-14 night vision goggles between us.  They were passed from driver to night security constantly.  On my second tour, we were provided two sets for our vehicle.  Things seemed to be improving.  But the recent move by the Senate that removed funding for “Night Vision Equipment” to fund the troubled V-22 Osprey (pdf), still baffles me.

Of all the time I spent in Iraq, I never saw an Osprey in action.  Recent reports say it will not be in use in Iraq until 2008.  It's hard not to assume that defense contractors are still dominating the ear of Congress, without listening to what our troops need right now.

POGO recently sent a letter to all members of Congress outlining this change in spending.  It upsets me to think about our men and women in the armed services sitting in the dark when there is a clear way to help them.  Let Congress know you want the needs of troops to come first.

By: Todd Bowers
Investigator, POGO

At the time of publication, Todd Bowers was an investigator for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

Related Content: DOD Oversight, Defense

Authors: Todd Bowers

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