Pentagon Supports Gear Pre-positioning Idea
The Pentagon will adhere to a decision to 'pre-position' more gear around the world over the next year for the sake of prompt responses to both military and humanitarian crises.
In summer the Pentagon announced that it would pre-position battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons throughout several Baltic and eastern European countries close to Russia, as a countermeasure to so-called "Russian aggression." Pentagon comptroller Mike McCord previously said that the funding for such gear in Europe would see a significant increase in the 2017 fiscal year.
In a December 18 interview with Defense News, Major General John Broadmeadow, vice director for logistics, said the Pentagon didn't give up on the idea and talked about the benefits and drawbacks of storing additional assets abroad in the near future.
Despite his strong belief in "prepositioning done right," the Major General mentioned inevitable cons, among them the amount of money and effort the Pentagon would require to keep the gear in proper condition, and updating software and hardware so that equipment "actually does start and doesn't start leaking" if the time comes.
"You can't look at prepositioning as just warehousing. If all you're thinking of doing is warehousing a bunch of equipment, you've made a mistake, because what is going to happen is the gear is not going to be in combat-ready condition," He explained. "You've got to put the maintenance effort into it. You've got to put the money to maintain that gear in combat-ready condition."