Why so much military equipment to give away?

Why is it that the U.S. Department of Defense has so much surplus military equipment?  So much that they have no better use for it than to give it away to local police departments?

It is hard to believe that there have been so many radical improvements in armored personnel carriers, sniperscopes and the like that the old armored personnel carriers and sniperscopes have become obsolete.

Could it be that the DOD has a problem with its procurement process?  Could it be that DOD bureaucrats regularly order more equipment than they need in order to maintain their shares of the DOD budget?

I think the armed forces should be well-armed and well-equipped, but if they have more equipment than they know what to do with, then that is a problem.

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I can see how it would be less embarrassing to give away unneeded military equipment than to put it into metal compactors and sell it for scrap.

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One Response to “Why so much military equipment to give away?”

  1. Chico Says:

    And you’d hate to believe that “giving it away” is a back-door method of militarizing police. But stranger things have happened I suppose.

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