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Who Has More FirePower? U.S. Marines vs. Bureaucrats

June 16, 2016 08:01 AM
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Analysis by OpenTheBooks estimates that the number of non-Department of Defense federal officers (200,000+) with arrest and firearm power exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In 1996, by contrast, the official count from the Bureau of Justice Statistics was 74,500 federal officers.

By: Adam Andrzejewski






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Mark Smith
shelton, WA
3/29/2017 07:06 PM

  Army M1070/M1000 HETS moves tanks over the road all the time. They travel in Ro-Ro or bulk cargo ships over the ocean. On trains, they are 2 per flat car. The C-5 aircraft can carry 2 and the C-17 can carry 1. An LCAC can put 1 at a time up on a beach.

Louisville, KY
3/29/2017 02:52 PM

  I doubt the 41,000 service members in the U.S. Coast Guard would describe themselves as "bureaucrats." The Coast Guard is one of America's armed services, regardless of the fact that it falls under DHS during peacetime. FBI and DEA agents aren't "bureaucrats" either. And would you really prefer that they do their work unarmed? Personally, I'm quite glad they're armed when arresting terrorists and drug dealers.

Amarillo, TX
9/2/2016 02:15 PM

  I can't find any news about U.S. tanks that are too heavy, but there seem to be a few about Australian tanks that are too heavy to transport. Also, I imagine many of the Federal officers are not mandated by the constitution as is the military. Either way, as former member of the military, I agree there is waste, but that does not negate the waste and overreach in other parts of the Fed. The Fed in general (including military) needs to take a hard look at how much is being spent and where it can be cut back. But I guess that's just wishful thinking...