I am incredulous that the attorney general, who is the top law enforcement official in the United States, appeared to have been unaware of the extent of surplus military equipment in the hands of local and state police forces [“Police use of military gear to be reviewed ,” news, Aug. 24].

Anyone could see that a great deal of military equipment could be very useful: tents, body armor, some specialized weaponry. Others — military vehicles — would be expensive to operate, hard to maintain and probably useless except in very rare circumstances.

Henry J. Gordon, Falls Church