Roadracer, I have sometimes wondered something similar, though rather for appropriation by some 3 letter agency that couldn’t justify having such equipment now. In a similar vein I have long found it odd how the Dept. of Homeland Security has prioritized funding firetrucks and other equipment for fire depts all over the place. How exactly does buying a new firetruck for a town of 1,000 people make us more secure or better able to fight terrorism? Yet they’ve done it all over the place. I realize that DHS funding has been a pork bonanza for politicians getting the money spread around everywhere rather than smartly prioritizing, but they do seem to have a fixation with funding fire depts.