December 15, 2004 at 2:45 PM EST - Updated July 27 at 6:09 PM
Pentagon still fighting criticism over shortage of armored humvees
It's been a week since US soldiers complained to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld about the lack of armor for their vehicles. Questions persist about the shortage and Rumsfeld's reaction that "you go to war with the Army you have." Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita says "nobody is more impatient than the Secretary of Defense about fixing what's wrong with this department." And he says the Army Secretary has ordered a ramp-up in production of armored vehicles. Still, Di Rita says armor alone isn't the answer. He says "if every soldier in Iraq had armor we would not defeat the insurgency." Di Rita says Pentagon brass are working on a whole range of tools to accomplish that.