MILTARY – THE FLAWED PRODUCTION MYTH: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Monday that the Army's shortage of armor was not a "matter or money," but "a matter of production and capability of doing it." But Armor Holdings Inc., the sole supplier of protective plates for the Humvee military vehicles used in Iraq, said it could increase output by as much as 22 percent per month with no investment and is awaiting an order from the Army. The president of the company said he told the Army a month ago that Armor Holdings "could add armor to as many as 550 of the trucks a month, up from 450 vehicles now." Making the armor has to be coordinated with output of the actual trucks by AM General LLC, whose spokesman said the manufacturer was not "not close to capacity." Rep Martin Meehan (D-MA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, cited the findings as evidence Rumsfeld "misled our troops about the reasons for their equipment shortages."


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