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With good budget and finance folks you CAN trade colors of money, there is also the need to budget in advance, but many organizations look at last years' budget and do it AGAIN without considering change. There is also a problem in that many warfighters don't see the value in taking good care of assets, UNCLE SAM will buy us another new one if this breaks. I saw some of this first hand when I worked for the Marine Corps. Some simple measures would have save lots of maintenance dollars, but the 'kids' didn't see the value in taking care of gear like it was their own. Gear should be ruggid, but abuse is another issue.