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The last line about the NTC not being an adequate training center really confused me. They do have the Joint CTC at Fort Polk, Louisiana, for urban operations training, but no desert there of course. Would the Army seriously suggest that it needs a huge urban training city at the NTC just because it fits the Iraq model? Seems a bit weak.

I have to wonder about the timing of this request also. Did the Army leadership just wake up and say, "hell, if the Air Force is going to ask for an unprecedented $18 billion in unfunded requirements, why aren't we asking for more money?" Yes, the Army needs rebuilt and modernized, but there's no sense asking for continued increases in modernization funds and increases in operations funds for the Middle East. As you note, let's get out of Iraq first and then talk about mod funds.

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