WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to ask Congress today for more money to buy bomb-resistant vehicles.
Military officials say the Pentagon would like to shift as much as $1.3 billion from other programs to speed-up the purchase of Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicles.
Gates says getting more of these vehicles to the troops is a top priority.
The Army would like to reallocate about $800 million and the Marines roughly $500 million.
The armored vehicles have been saving lives in roadside bomb attacks in Iraq.
Military officials say the shift in funds would not affect the day-to-day war spending or the troops in combat.
The Pentagon has been criticized for perceived delays in getting the vehicles to the troops.
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