March 4th, 2013

DHS Purchases 2,700 Light Armored MRAPs To Go With Their 1.6 Billion Bullet Stockpile


MRAP DHS

This article was written by Jim Hoft and originally published at Gateway Pundit

This is getting a little creepy.

According to one estimate, since last year the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm.

DHS also purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicles (MRAP).

Modern Survival Blog reported:

The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.

Although I’ve seen and read several online blurbs about this vehicle of late, I decided to dig slightly deeper and discover more about the vehicle itself.

The new DHS sanctioned ‘Street Sweeper’ (my own slang due to the gun ports) is built by Navistar Defense (NavistarDefense.com), a division within the Navistar organization. Under the Navistar umbrella are several other companies including International Trucks, IC Bus (they make school buses), Monaco RV (recreational vehicles), WorkHorse (they make chassis), MaxxForce (diesel engines), and Navistar Financial (the money arm of the company).

DHS even released a video on their newly purchased MRAPs.
Via Pat Dollard:

The MRAP featured in this video was in Albuquerque, New Mexico for Law Enforcement Day which was held at a local area Target Store. This MRAP is stationed in El Paso, Texas at The Homeland Security Investigations Office. MRAP is a Mine Resistant Armor Protected Vehicle.

Special Note: Just to confirm for those skeptical readers who have difficulty “following the money”, this Pentagon order for upgrades of 2700 MRAPs was supplied by Navistar International.  Many of these vehicles have been sighted emblazoned with the Department of Homeland Security Logo:

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The order is open ended and can be applied to 1000 to 2000 MORE armored vehicles ALREADY supplied to the Pentagon.  Homeland Security has at least some of these MRAPs in its arsenal:

http://www.clearedconnections.com/security-clearance-news/defense/pentagon-taps-navistar-with-880-million-contract-for-mrap-upgrade.htm

So, again, the evidence is there.  The DHS is indeed being supplied with MRAPs.  The number of vehicles is not yet confirmed. The question is, how many is the Pentagon giving them, and what do they need them for?

Brandon Smith, Associate Editor




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16 Responses to “DHS Purchases 2,700 Light Armored MRAPs To Go With Their 1.6 Billion Bullet Stockpile”

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  1. 1
    Robert Been Says:

    dammit,DHS has had to cut border patrol hours and tsa gouls in order to afford these mraps to go along with 2.3 billion rounds,all because of congress’s irresponsibility on “their” sequester.How long will this be tolerated by Americans?How long will we finance our own destruction?

  2. 2
    Andre Lefebvre Says:

    With this kind of mentality, it would be prudent to check your Police Department and press them to answer as to which side do they intend to stand?
    I see a lot of Sheriffs declaring themselves on the side of the public but, I would feel better if I was face to face, when they answer that question.

    If some Police Departments are going to stand against the people, we may have to get really down and dirty, to deal against the forces of evil.

  3. 3
    Pilgrim's Pride Says:

    I spent the better part of today trying to confirm DHS actually bought/owns/leases these things. No dice.

    I can find numerous press announcements of a “refit contract” coordinated between the U.S. Army Contracting Command and the U.S. Marine Corps. There is no mention anywhere of a DHS connection.

    There are numerous blog entries with photos of a handful of DHS/police versions of these MRAPs.

    So the claim DHS ordered them seems a rather large logical leap.

    Of course, there are many questions here begging to be answered. Perhaps a reader can illuminate the linkage between DHS and the 2,700 MRAPs.

    [Editor's note: I, too, was hesitant to post this article because I've yet to find confirmation of DHS involvement. Oath Keepers is not a news-wire service on a mission to post articles on every ripple in life's pond, especially now that America is boiling and roiling in fear of a military-police state takeover, martial law, economic tragedy, and a generally insane Federal government. I am going to let this article stand based on that fact - that DHS has now shown a proven track record of building a Federal force to over-ride the States and the People no matter what. But I would caution readers to take due note that, just as you've said, there is no real proof to back-up this story - yet. If Oath Keepers can actually find proof one way or the other, I will take appropriate action. Thank you for sending a quite sane and intelligent comment. Salute! Elias Alias, editor]

  4. 4
    mattw Says:

    HOLY SH**. That thing is to be used on American soil against Americans! If I wasn’t awake before I sure as hell am now. Talk about an assault weapon.

    [Assoc. Editor's note: I cleaned up the language a tad to make it more family friendly. Not a big deal.]

  5. 5
    Robert Been Says:

    google DHS MRAP you decide

  6. 6
    Brandon Says:

    @Pilgrim’s Pride

    Actually, it only took the better part of five minutes to find confirmation that DHS has ordered at least some MRAPs that are already in operation. The question is, are they getting 2700? That is not confirmed.

    http://www.clearedconnections.com/security-clearance-news/defense/pentagon-taps-navistar-with-880-million-contract-for-mrap-upgrade.htm

    “Navistar International won an $880 million contract from the Pentagon to enhance more than 2,700 armored patrol vehicles for the military, according to Dow Jones Newswires.

    The work will be fulfilled at Navistar’s facility in Northeast Mississippi, where the manufacturer of trucks and engines will replace components such as chassis, suspension systems and power trains on 2,717 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, more colloquially known as MRAPs. The work is expected to be completed in autumn of next year.

    “This contract does not provide upgrades for all of the MRAPs Navistar has previously supplied, suggesting there could be a further opportunity for another 1,000 to 2,000″ trucks, states a Monday note to investors from Jefferies analyst Stephen Volkmann, according to Dow Jones Newswires.”

    The DHS is in open possession of MRAPs supplied by the Pentagon with the DHS logo on them. Navistar has supplied the the pentagon with at least 4000 of these vehicles, and is upgrading them now. The question is, what does DHS need them for? “Training purposes” just like the 1.6 billion rounds of ammo?

  7. 7
    Elias Alias Says:

    At #6, Brandon-

    Sold me, Brother. It’s very easy for me now to connect some dots. Nice work Brandon. Thank you.

    There is a policy which is not discussed by pundits and talking heads in WDC – the policy of field-testing “Defense” contractors’ goods on battlefields. Once a military product is field tested it is ready for increased manufacture until a newer generation of said product is developed. Once a newer version is being field tested the original version is retired in phases and becomes “military surplus”. The Pentagon at that point can assign said original version to domestic grant programs for Homeland Security and its Fusion Centers, and from the Fusion Centers the directives are ascertained as to how State, County, and Local law enforcement may receive Defense grants through Homeland Security. Grants enable local enforcement agencies to end up with toys like this MRAP monstrosity.

    The next morph in the process is to notice one day that one’s County Sheriff’s office has been awarded a Federal grant to equip itself with three or six of these things, or perhaps only one but a communication system between all State-level agencies who also have some MRAPs – in case the need to “pool” them arises. So our peace officers are being converted to soldiers replete with battlefield equipment while at the same time our military is being converted to police on domestic soil.

    Consider – the NDAA has placed all Americans under military jurisdiction. The military is in bed with Homeland Security, and Homeland Security is in bed also with the U.S. Department of Justice. 9/11 was the pretext which granted the public mandate to merge the military and police, a process which began under then-Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen in the late 1990s Cohen oversaw the merger of the Department of Justice “R&D” operations with military R&D, as attested In Darpa’s 1997 report. Here is part of that report, which I posted at this link in June 2011, about halfway down the page –

    (original article: http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2011/06/21/an-empire-strikes-home-_-part-two/ )

    This is a National Institute of Justice report from 1997, well before Cohen’s Grave New World speech.

    http://www.ncjrs.gov/txtfiles/164268.txt

    In 1994 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) entered into a cooperative agreement to develop technologies of value to both. This agreement, codified in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and signed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General, formalized and focused a longstanding ad hoc relationship. To manage this technology development program and to direct its day-to-day activities, the MOU established a Joint Program Steering Group (JPSG) that would represent both departments and be staffed with members from several agencies…

    Part I: The Partnership Between Law Enforcement and the Military [emphasis EA]
    The boundaries separating the functions of the law enforcement and military communities are clearly defined in law. The military’s function is to provide for the national defense, while Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies maintain domestic tranquility. [Sic] Although performing different functions, law enforcement and the military perform many of the same tasks. Both law enforcement and the military operate their own judicial, police, and prison systems. Within the limits set by law, civil law enforcement and the military communities work cooperatively…. Often law enforcement and the military may also participate in the same missions. Such interagency efforts include waging the war against drugs, countering terrorism and espionage, and providing disaster relief…

    The potential benefits of a joint development program became clear to officials in DOD and DOJ, as well as to Congress, in 1993. The overlap of technology needs had been noted by a senior working group (SWG) convened by DARPA in 1993 to assist in formulating a program to develop technologies to enhance the effectiveness of U.S. forces engaged in Operations Other Than War (OOTW). These kinds of operations involve providing humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping, countering the flow of drugs into the United States, and countering terrorism. This initiative was prompted by events in Somalia and elsewhere. The SWG and DARPA noted many common technology needs between civilian law enforcement operations and OOTW.

    Congress and senior officials in both DOJ and DOD moved DARPA and NIJ toward establishing a formal partnership agreement. In June 1993, the Attorney General sent a letter to DOD and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) suggesting collaboration on technology development. In July 1993, Congress initiated language directing the establishment of an interagency working group, which included DOJ and DOD, to look to the development of dual-use technologies. This was prompted by the recognition of the effect of defense downsizing on the industrial base and the effort to reduce Federal expenditures and by apparent interest within the administration to “reinvent government” by eliminating unnecessary redundancies. In hearings before the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology that year, the DOD Director of Defense Research and Engineering endorsed establishing joint technology development with DOJ. Also at these hearings, key NIJ and industry officials testified about the value such a partnership might produce.

    NIJ reorganized in 1994 by elevating its Division of Science and Technology to full office status and establishing a Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Advisory Council (LECTAC) consisting of 85 representatives from Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies. At that time, LECTAC identified law enforcement technology needs for NIJ and noted that many of these needs were pertinent to the military.

    Memorandum of Understanding. The clear benefits of this partnership led to the execution of an MOU between DOJ and DOD on April 20, 1994. Highlighting the importance attached to this MOU was its execution by the Attorney General and the Deputy Secretary of Defense and the presence of the VicePresident, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the signing ceremony. This MOU set in motion the development and enactment of the technology program described in Part II of this report.

    [Interjection by Elias – Please note that an unlawful merging of the Justice Department and the U.S. Military was enacted at this juncture and was officially presided over by the Vice President as well as representatives of the Treasury Department and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Also note that this sub-authority grouping of government officials did not include the U.S. Congress. No law was passed in Congress to permit this, the public mind was not advised of this until after the fact and even then only briefly in the back sections of newspapers for a day or two, and therefore no case regarding this merging of two diametrically-opposed civil bodies, DOJ and DOD, would ever involve the Supreme Court, which would undoubtedly have condemned this mischief. They just did it in the same off-hand way that NORTHCOM recently merged the U.S. Northern Command with the Canadian Army. See: http://www.northcom.mil/news/2008/021408.html ]

    The MOU calls for the establishment of an extendable 5-year program in which a JPSG, jointly staffed by DOD and DOJ representatives, manages daily operations and a high-level interagency Senior Review Group sets policy. Members of the JPSG have been drawn from DARPA, NIJ, the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons, and the U.S. Army. The JPSG works at any point along the research, development, and acquisition (RDA) spectrum so that it can support demonstrations of existing technology as well as development of totally new and unique technologies.

    [EA note: When the report mentions that JPSG works at any point along the research, development, and acquisition spectrum, it created the capability of the military and civil law enforcement communities to interchange equipment, technology, science, and logistics, which explains how SWAT teams dash about sporting amazing militarized toys such as APCs and Sound Weapons etc. Recall, this would officially begin in 1994, because a group of visionaries decided to bypass Congress and the American people to build an infrastructure which would be occupied readily under COG or COOP as what General Tommy Franks dubbed “a military form of government”.]

    - End quote from 1997 NCJRS report. Read the whole thing at above link
    I would love to say more, but am on the road for a couple of days. I’ll check back. Thanks again Brandon for fetching the proof.

    Salute!
    Elias Alias, editor

  8. 8
    Pilgrims Pride Says:

    @Brandon:

    The press release you cite is quite explicit – and specifies “the military” as the customer, for use in Afghanistan. There is not a single mention of DHS. In fact, this is a second-hand report of the same release I discovered yesterday on Navistar’s own website.

    Saith the Press Release,
    “The work on the trucks, which were manufactured to resist roadside bombs targeting U.S. service members in Iraq, is bound to create intelligence jobs and defense jobs for people with security clearance. The upgraded MRAPs will be deployed in Afghanistan, where troops encounter land mines and ambushes.”

    Apart from a video and a few photos of the same one or two DHS or generic “Police” MRAPs, I have yet to see any evidence linking 2,700 of these things to DHS.

    Now I don’t know about anyone else, but when I called my congress-critter about this and spoke to his staffer that happens to be a neighbor of mine, it was humiliating to realize, mid conversation, that the alarming article contained not a single citation or reference. Of the fifteen or twenty thousand Google returns on DHS MRAPs, none of them provide any citations either — apart from the video of the “Police Day” MRAP in Texas and a few tan colored “Police” models.

    There is enough malevolence out there right now, verifiable, observable, to keep me worried for the rest of my life. This may soon be added to that list but as of today, this is pure speculative rumor.

    Let’s dig for the evidence to prove or disprove it before we lose credibility at the very time we our credibility should be unimpeachable. Let the other side rumour monger and lie with half-truths, as befitting sons of the devil going about their father’s work.

  9. 9
    Jim Says:

    Awarded lots of contracts. the 08-29-2012 looks interesting.

    http://www.mantech.com/news/Pages/Press-Releases.aspx

  10. 10
    Brandon Says:

    @Pilgrim

    The order outlined in the link DOES NOT specify use by the Pentagon, and it certainly doesn’t specify only Afghanistan as the eventual deployment zone of these weapons.

    As stated earlier, we do not know exactly how many MRAP’s the DHS has in their fleet because they refuse to release the numbers, however, as shown above, they are indeed receiving MRAPs. Whether they have received 2700 of them is something we will have to wait on. I remember when the first reports came out on the DHS ammo stockpile. People were immediately dismissing the news and nitpicking details without looking at the bigger picture. After a month, it was undeniably confirmed. That’s how this works, Pilgrim. We take the information available and build on it as more evidence comes in. That is to say, keep your pants on, and give the story time…

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