A General Accounting Office report shows the Missouri National Guard is woefully short of equipment, having about 61 percent of the radios it needs, 37 percent of the night vision equipment it’s supposed to have, and only about a quarter of the medium trucks needed to get the job done. Missouri’s top man on the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Ike Skelton, says what makes the story really disturbing is that Congress appropriated money to make sure the guard had plenty of equipment. He says he plans to launch an inquiry to find out where the money has gone. Skelton says he is also worried that the Guard won’t have the equipment it needs should natural disaster strike in this state.
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