War Profit News, Thursday/Friday, December 29/30, 2005
I'll be putting up a news thread late tomorrow because I have to go to a funeral for a work colleague.
But this is literally priceless:
The Marine Corps is paying $100,000 apiece for a revamped military jeep that some critics call a rip-off of taxpayers, according to a news report Thursday.
The Marines budgeted to buy more than 400 vehicles, called Growlers, under a contract that could total $296 million including ammunition, USA Today said, citing Pentagon records.
A commercial version of the jeep costs just $7,500. The Marines' version has considerable upgrades from the commercial and Dominican models, the Corps and contractor said, including a turbo-diesel engine, disc brakes and other systems adapted from modern vehicles. But some critics charge that the unarmored vehicle makes no sense for today's missions, the paper said.
Wow, $92,500 for a turbo-diesel engine, disc brakes and other systems adapted from modern vehicles.
Me and Matt met for a pint today, we talked a lot and we have some blog ideas for Today in Iraq; share your thoughts now.