Hmmmm ...

Published December 8, 2004 11:48PM (EST)

Maybe there's an answer to that scrap metal problem after all.

From Reuters: U.S. Troops Tell Rumsfeld They Use Scrap as Armor in Iraq

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait -- An American soldier complained to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Wednesday troops were being forced to dig up scrap metal to protect their vehicles in Iraq because of a shortage of armored transport.

From the Watching Washington blog: Easy to Misplace $70 Billion Worth of Stuff

The Defense Department has an inventory of $70 billion worth of spare and repair parts. But they have no good system to track that stuff or know were many of those parts are at any given time. That can lead to the military buying stuff it doesn't need, simply because they didn't know they already had it in stock.

By Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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