Armored Humvees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Months after the lack of armor for Humvees in Iraq made headlines, Senator Edward Kennedy wants to know why many vehicles are still vulnerable.

The Massachusetts Democrat says roughly half the trucks and almost 40 percent of Humvees still lack the plating.

He grilled Army Chief of Staff Peter Schoomaker about the issue during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department budget.

Schoomaker says the figures Kennedy is citing are deceptive. The general says those numbers represent progress toward armoring all military vehicles in Iraq, which is more than regional commanders have requested.

Schoomaker also says enough vehicles have been retrofitted that by next Tuesday, no American will leave a base in anything but an armored vehicle.

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