Originally Posted by vinea
Frank, ask your buddy WTF is he going to accomplish engineering wise if we draw down and sulk in super FOBs? Half the (army) troops we have now do nothing but maintain the FOBs anyway (exaggeration but still). I mean WTH are we shipping millions of cases of bottled water to FOBs...isn't that what the the ROWPUs are for?
I talked with the person in question on Friday, and mentioned what I posted here. In general, the person told me not to say too much about this or anything that wasn't already in the public domain. I told the person that I am not in the habit of naming names, etceteras.
When I was an employee of the government, I had a security clearance of "Secret" as did this person, I remember when this person got a TS security clearance, they do a serious background check, I've known this person for ~25 years now, and I was one of several government employees that were interviewed for this person's TS security clearance.
I also believe (IMHO) that this person would see this as just an alternative path to obtaining their 2nd star.
Just to let the rest of you people know, this person is as much of a conservative as many of you think that I am a flaming liberal, and believe it or not, we get along very well, our respective skills are very complementary, and I have a lot of respect for this individual, as I do for today's military!
As to your particular question regarding bottled water, this person gave me some information, and what I'm about to say is in the public domain, EUWP (100,000 gpd), ROWPU
(150,000 gpd), and 'Army Water' Makes Debut in Balad, Baghdad
The corps has long wanted to open bottling plants in Iraq, officials said. Currently, bottled water - the preferred drink in Iraq - comes in via truck from Kuwait, Jordan or Turkey. Water is bulky and takes a lot of logistical space. Drivers run the risk of hitting improvised explosive devices, car bombs or small arms fire. Bottling the water in Iraq takes that many military and civilian truckers off the road, officials explained.
So it appears to me that the military has the capability to obtain, purify, and bottle it's own water. Of course, you need to be near an adequate water source/supply to begin with.
Also from my running and hiking days, in hot and/or humid environments (Mississippi (hot and humid) and the southwest (mountain hiking, very hot and dry)) the typical rule is one pint (~ pound) of water per mile to prevent dehydration. And as we all know 130 degrees F in Iraq would certainly qualify for this rough rule of thumb. Heck even sitting in shade in that kind of heat with what all the soldiers have to wear ...