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Tell It to the Marines: Think-Tanks on Maintenance Overhangs and Future Plans

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(click to view full) The leftist Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Lexington Institute have put out an August 2006 publication called “Marine Corps Equipment After Iraq” [PDF] that looks at the effects of the war in Iraq on the US Marines’ readiness, equipment, and future procurement priorities. DID covered that subject a little while ago in terms of the US Marines’ own plans for its armor and its LAV fleet in particular, covered their forthcoming EFV program in-depth, and noted the maintenance overhang issue as well. This report puts many of these pieces together, and offers its views on the specific implications for the USMC. EFV: Command variant(click to view full) Readers may recall that DID’s coverage of the CAP’s “Progressive Quadrennial Defense Review” was (deservedly) unkind due to factual gaps and displays of a lack of expertise, but this report appears to have fewer difficulties along those lines. Of course, one may always decide to agree or disagree with their conclusions. The joint report [PDF] sets out to analyze: * The impact of the war in Iraq on the readiness and reliability of Marine Corps equipment; * The lessons learned from the Iraq operation about equipment deficiencies […]

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