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GAO Nitpicks Marine Amphibious Combat Vehicle: A 4-Month Delay?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED: Adds GAO rebuttal WASHINGTON: The latest GAO report on the Amphibious Combat Vehicle may reveal more problems with GAO’s approach than with the Marine Corps program. While the Government Accountability Office does its usual solid work on the numbers, when it recommends delaying production by four months to do additional testing, it’s acting from an excess… Keep reading →

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SAIC, Singaporeans Challenge BAE For Marine Corps ACV: Tests To Begin

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


An upstart odd couple has challenged armored vehicle giant BAE for the right to build the Marine Corps’ swimming tank. One is Singapore’s ST Kinetics, maker of the Singapore Armed Forces‘ amphibious Terrex vehicle. The other is McLean, Va.-based SAIC, best known as a service contractor, which is working with the Singaporeans to build a… Keep reading →

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Marines Won’t Take The Beaches Head-On Any More; ‘Find The Gaps’

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Tarawa. Saipan. Iwo Jima. Peleliu. Okinawa, Inchon. These are among the most sacred names in Marine Corps history. They define the sea-borne warriors’ in so many ways: sacrifice, grit, honor, competence. To most Americans, and to many Marines, those amphibious assaults are the soul of the Corps. But those bloody and costly frontal assaults are… Keep reading →

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The Pentagon’s 12 Deadly Sins, Or How DoD Blew an Historic Chance To Recapitalize

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Washington: Lists can be fun and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments issued a doozie today, listing the dozen big programs killed by the Pentagon and their value at time of death. “Over the past decade at least a dozen major programs were terminated without any operational systems being fielded. The sunk cost of… Keep reading →

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