Sunday, December 04, 2005

Iraq Military Logistics: Major Component of Military Independence Under Construction

If there is anything that you get from the milbloggers who are supporting the training of Iraq security forces its that Iraq's military has men and weapons, but on-going logistical support for ammunition, uniforms, food and other equipment is, frankly, just about non-existent.

This report indicates that building the independent logistical support for these units is under way:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2005 – Work is progressing to set up a logistics system for the new Iraqi military, a senior U.S. military officer in Iraq said today.
The new Iraqi military needs a dependable logistics system to keep it supplied and self-reliant, Army Lt. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chief of the Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite news conference from Iraq. [snip]

All the logistics headquarters and support companies will be set up by April 2006, Dempsey said. Afterward the motor transport regiments will be trained up and fielded, he said. Dempsey said most of those units' equipment will be on hand in the next six months.

If you were wondering, that means we aren't leaving in six months as proposed by certain senators and representatives.

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