Got this media advisory from DoD:
MRAP Orientation Day
Media are invited to attend an orientation of the Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicle at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2007. Due to the security requirements to enter Aberdeen Proving Ground, media will need to register with the Army Test and Evaluation Command public affairs office by 5:00 p. m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2007.
Media must arrive at the parking lot of the Target store at 1025 Middleton Road Aberdeen, Maryland 21001 no later than 9:00 a.m. on the morning of August 24, 2007. From that location the Army Test and Evaluation Command will provide transportation to the orientation location. No media vehicles will be allowed to travel onto Aberdeen Proving Ground.
The MRAP orientation will include the opportunity to photograph the vehicles with some restrictions for operational security reasons. Photography will be permitted from designated areas only. Members of the media will be permitted to ride in an MRAP vehicle as part of the orientation.
Media who plan to attend should contact the Army Test and Evaluation Command public affairs office to register at 703-681-2755 by 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2007.
This sounds fun and interesting. I wish I lived a bit closer so that I could take advantage of some of these sorts of opportunities.
This comes to $3.4 million per MRAP, which could jolt lawmakers expecting to pay around $1 million apiece, according to James McAleese, who monitors defense programs for McAleese and Associates, McLean, Va.
Moreover, he said, “There could be some congressional surprise that the $5.3 billion amendment only funds an additional 1,520 vehicles, instead of approximately 4,600 additional vehicles.”
McAleese suggested the operations and maintenance funds in the request could be shifted to procurement, with the support funding coming from future defense budgets.
Just shove those expenses down the road. Or request the money in an emergency bill. Because you didn’t know anyone would ever have to change the oil or rotate the tires, and now it’s an emergency.