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Hunter probes U.S. Army on reset funding

Feb. 14, 2007 at 2:37 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., Wednesday said he wanted more detail from the U.S. Army on its reset funding needs.

"One area that particularly concerns me is whether or not the National Guard and Reserve are getting what they need to properly reset," Hunter said in a statement to the House Armed Services Committee, of which he is the ranking minority member.

"The Army testified in front of this committee in June of last year about resetting the force. We were told about the magnitude of the Army's reset challenge and the strategy for resourcing this critical requirement," Hunter said. "We learned that the Army's requirement for reset in Fiscal Year 2007 was $17.1 billion and that the requirement beyond Fiscal Year 2007 would be $12 billion to $13 billion per year through the period of the conflict and for a minimum of two to three years beyond."

"Let there be no doubt that this committee will take the lead again to ensure that the Army gets the necessary funding it needs to reset the current force. But in order to do so we must know what is required," he said, concluding, "I look forward to hearing more about the current status of the Army's reset and whether or not the guard needs additional funding."

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