http://www.military.com/Resources/ResourceFileView?file=Hackworth_021903.htm The "60 Minutes" story was backed up by a congressional General Accounting Office report blistering the top brass for rushing our troops into harm's way without doing their sworn duty: making sure they were good to go. It seems their precious deployment timetable is more important than their grunts, who might soon be dispatched into a potentially poisonous caldron – to destroy Iraq's chemical and biological weapons – without the right gear. Although the Pentagon brass were too into escape-and-evade tactics to find the time to do an on-camera interview with Mike Wallace, a senior congressional aide, speaking off the record, said: "While of course I'm not able to disclose anything 'classified,' you should know your story is absolutely on-target. The classified facts regarding our preparedness for chemical or biological warfare are a lot worse than '60 Minutes' reported." Looks like an ISO container full of surplus NBC suits then. Just out of interest, I know the published shelf life of the suit-protective-NBC , but if it's sealed etc, then for how long after the shelf life out-of-date, can it still be regarded as up to the job?