Re "Military gets into drug making," Nov. 24

When the Pentagon wants to use money intended for upgrading equipment for protecting troops in a chemical attack to instead make drugs and vaccines, who's really being served? Our private sector can handle those tasks.

During 1991's Persian Gulf War, the troops needed better chemical detection units and protection equipment. If the Pentagon is still relying on 1990s-era protective masks, which are long past their shelf life, something is wrong.

There's a lot more money, prestige and power for the military command to manufacture drugs and vaccines rather than buy new protective gear for the troops on the front lines.

Christie Davis

Los Angeles

Davis is the director, writer and co-producer of the documentary film "Woman At War: Forgotten Veterans of Desert Storm."

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