MRAPs be Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' Rollin': Dallas County joins TN & OH State Univ. PD in Militarizing CONUSSubmitted by AnCapMercenary on Sun, 09/29/2013 - 15:16
After making the 160-mile drive back to Dallas from Fort Hood, deputy James Blesoe declared that the vehicle "exceeded expectations," according to a memo to Dallas County commissioner's.
Soon to be outfitted with Dallas County Sheriff's Office livery. PHOTO: Dallas County
By Eric Nicholson | Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Categories: County Government, Crime, News
Now that the war in Iraq is officially over and the one in Afghanistan winding down, the Department of Defense found itself facing a conundrum. It had just spent billions of dollars buying heavily armored personnel carriers designed to stand up to insurgent attacks only to find that it had run out of wars to use them in.
The initial plan was to shove the vehicles, called MRAPS (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) into a warehouse and let them collect dust. That changed when someone decided that, having served so admirably overseas, it would be only just to bring the MRAPs stateside and deploy them in the domestic war on crime.
And so, for the past couple of months, news reports have been popping up announcing that places like Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Ohio State University have been receiving their very own military-grade armored SUVs.
By Philip Ewing Thursday, April 19th, 2012 9:07 am
Posted in Land
The odds for a postwar life for the Army’s Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicles may have improved this week, while your friends from DoDBuzz were battening down the hatches and splicing the mainbrace and such at the big Navy trade show.
Last week it appeared as though almost all the MRAPs, though only a few years old, would go right into warehouses after coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The brass wasn’t even going to try to find a role for them in the postwar Army, given that the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is right around the corner. Turns out, that’s not quite right.
The Army said Tuesday the MRAPs do have a future, though not in dedicated “MRAP brigade,” Stryker-style units. Here was the word:
MRAPs will be used for training soldiers and for conducting route clearance. The vehicles will also be prepositioned for use when needed. The Army has more than 20,000 MRAPs in a tactical wheeled vehicle fleet of more than 270,000 vehicles.
“That’s a very small percentage,” said Col. Mark Barbosa, the division chief for Force Development logistics, Army G-8.
With so few MRAPs in the Army’s fleet, there are no plans to build MRAP brigades, but instead the MRAPs will be prepositioned in “contingency sets,” Barbosa said, ready for soldiers that need them for missions. Other MRAPs will be used as part of predeployment training sets and for specific missions as well.
Now, Barbosa said, the majority of the Army’s MRAPs are still in Afghanistan, though some are leaving Kuwait and going back to the United States to depots such as Red River Army Depot, Texas or Letterkenny Army Depot, Pa. There they are reset, and receive the performance enhancements that were developed for later models.
By: JONATHON FAGAN, Post Contributor
Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 2:47 pm
The Murfreesboro Police Department announced Aug. 21, 2013, that it has obtained a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle from the U.S. Department of Defense. Officials said they will use it for special operations in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
Thursday's meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council included lengthy public hearings concerning more annexations and rezonings in the Blackman area, with a sudden reference to the newly acquired mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle.
Multifamily residential rezonings have immediately followed approved annexation requests before the City Council during several meetings over the last several months, and residents expressed concern over the growing number of apartments in the area and their impact on schools.
Jeff Rainwater urged council members to reconsider the impact that such development would have on schools and said city was technically following Tennessee's annexation law but "breaking the spirit of the law."
"The legislature did not intend for cities to annex peninsulas of land for development in the county," he said.
Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Thu, 09/19/2013 - 23:51
The cops at Ohio State have an armored fighting vehicle now
“acquired at no cost from Military Surplus.”
Nope: not there as a "Career Day" 'Oh wow dude, look at all the cool toys you'll get to play with, if you sign up'-PR prop
“We are in the process of making it usable for our needs in an urban campus environment,” Lewis explained. “Specifically we are removing the top turret and repainting.”
Eric Owens | Education Editor
8:59 AM 09/17/2013
The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety has acquired an armored military vehicle that looks like it belongs in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Gary Lewis, a senior director of media relations at OSU, told The Daily Caller via email that the “unique, special-purpose vehicle is a replacement” for the “police fleet.” He called the armored jalopy “an all-hazard, all-purpose, public safety-response vehicle” with “obviously enhanced capabilities.”
Lewis did not specify exactly what previous mode of transport was replaced.
He noted that the vehicle was “acquired at no cost from Military Surplus.” He also bragged that it has “extremely low miles and is in nearly new condition” but elaborated no further concerning the acquisition.
*** Hope Ben Swann is aware of this; it's in his backyard.
Of course, it hasn't JUST begun, DoD weapons transfer has been going on for decades; "It's Begun" is really more in reference to assets from current on-going theaters of wars/occupation/conflicts trickling into local LE, now.
That said, when your local State-run college campus po-po gets an armored vehicle designed to withstand a roadside IED in Afghanistan and Iraq, you KNOW you're officially, ALREADY, living in a policestate.
Only Fitting Soundtrack:
Limp Bizkit - Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)
Uploaded on Oct 5, 2009
Music video by Limp Bizkit performing Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle). (C) 2004 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.
** 'Cause you know those 1st SFOD-D-wannabes are gonna be 'psyching' themselves up playing cheeseball 'cruisin' tunes, before they raid the next wrong address to kill a 7 year old sleeping girl and taser and/or fill up a 107 year old w/some 5.56 NATO, like they did to USMC Jose Guerena.
Pussies playing music to 'psych' themselves up, before citizen assassination runs:
RAW Video: Jose Guerena SWAT Raid Video From Helmet Cam
Uploaded on May 26, 2011
** They settled the Jose Guerena murder lawsuit, because they were about to face a "Maywood, CA:"
Posted by Mike McDaniel
Saturday, Sep. 28, 2013
As expected, the governmental entities (hereinafter “GEs”) involved–as well as the police–are furiously spinning the settlement:
A spokesperson for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department disagreed with the decision to settle, but hinted a prolonged trial could wind up costing taxpayers even more.
‘The Pima County Sheriff’s Department strongly believes the events of May 5, 2011, were unfortunate and tragic, but the officers performed that day in accordance with their training and nationally recognized standards,’ wrote Deputy Tracy Suitt.
‘However, legal advisors and insurers recognize the unpredictable resolution of disputes at trial regarding police conduct and even well accepted police tactics. As a result, well established business and insurance principles call for compromise and the resolution of disputed cases to mitigate risk and avoid the expense of a trial.’
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry called the agreement a ‘calculated risk management settlement.’
The settlement is not an admission of any wrong-doing, Huckelberry said.
Suitt Translation: “We did everything just the way we should have done it, but those darned insurance companies made us settle.”
Huckleberry Translation: “We calculated that if this went to trial, we’d end up bankrupting the entire county.”