Tuesday, September 30, 2014

There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch--MRAP Edition

Mother Jones news has an interesting addendum to the MRAP to police story. Police agencies that attempt to return the equipment find that they cannot. According to the article:
But some agencies have found the process of getting rid of unwanted military gear next to impossible. Agencies can't return or trade equipment without Defense Department approval, and because the Pentagon technically still owns the equipment, they can't sell it. 
According to interviews with state officials running point between the Pentagon and police, the Defense Department prefers to leave equipment in circulation whenever possible. "It's a low-cost storage method for them," says Robb Davis, the mayor pro tem of Davis. His town is trying to shake its MRAP. "They're dumping these vehicles on us and saying, 'Hey, these are still ours, but you have to maintain them for us.'"
(Underline added). And, even if they can return the equipment, the local entity is responsible for the shipping/transportation costs.

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