Equipment shortages have left more than two-thirds of the Army National Guard 34 brigades unprepared to go into combat.
It's a problem that'll cost $21-billion to fix.
The assessment comes from the National Guard's top general, Lt Gen Steven Blum.
It follows an announcement from the regular Army's brass that two-thirds of their brigades are also unprepared to go into combat. Though they point out that all units currently in combat are "100% ready."
They'd better be.
USA Today reports the problem is being fueled by unites leaving tanks, trucks, and other equipment in Iraq rather than bringing them home. (USAToday)