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Should the Marines Rescue the EFV?

Posted January 18, 2011 8:30 AM by Steve Melito

Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to eliminate the U.S. Marine Corps $15-million Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program. Designed for amphibious assault, the 80,000-pound armored tractor would skim the ocean's surface for long distances at high speeds before rolling onto land for combat operations. The EFV has been hampered by technological snafus, cost overruns, and development delays, however, with a fifth of its procurement budget already spent.

"If fully executed," Gates warned recently, the EFV "would essentially swallow the entire Marine vehicle budget and most of its total procurement budget for the foreseeable future". Although the Defense Secretary's decision does not alter the Marines' mission, critics worry that the Corps still lacks the amphibious tractor that it needs to avoid fixed defenses in ship-to-shore operations. Gates' solution involves upgrading the USMC's existing amphibious vehicle fleet with new engines, electronics, and armaments.

"The Corps will never be defined by a program, but rather by the capabilities we bring to the fight," explains Lt. General George Flynn, Commanding General of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC). But will the end of the EFV program impede the Marines' mission as America's ever-ready expeditionary force? Do the existing vehicles that Secretary Gates wants to upgrade provide adequate ship-to-shore movement, breakout from the beach, land mobility, and firepower?

Source: Defense Update

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01/18/2011 10:02 AM

Advance the video to about seven minutes to find a summation of an alternative view, and perhaps, a reason for the general to be in favor of the EFV. Rachel

There are studies that say that future landings will either be against minor resistance or will need an all services effort.

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01/20/2011 3:25 AM

Interesting video, thanks for the link. GA.

The Marines should NOT attempt rescue of the EFV.

The US should withdraw from world-policeman roles.

Neither the world nor the US can afford continuing this madness.

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01/18/2011 11:32 PM

$15 million is chump change. Or is it $15 billion?

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01/19/2011 1:57 PM

I believe your speculation is correct. This site says $15 Billion for program; $3 Billion for development and $12 Billion for procurement. I do not see a vehicle count.

After reading here, I thought maybe $15 Million each , but that appears to be an unsupported assumption on my part.

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01/19/2011 2:53 PM

I support Sec. Gates' position. Massed assaults of fortified beachheads by the Corps smacks of the WWII experiences in the Pacific. Today's armaments (Predator drones, Tomahawk cruise missiles, Blackhawk and Osprey VTL's) provide options and tactics which would enable a landing in force to eliminate fixed fortifications...or bypass them initially and cut them off / eliminate them as a secondary objective.

Too much gov't spending...every branch of the service has it's "wish list" and every member of Congress has their cadre of favored Defense Contractors.

Spnd the money to provide liveable wages to the PFC's, LCPL's, Sargeants, etc...so their families don't have to apply for food stamps while they are deployed...and on the Veterans Hospitals, so that those who have served can in turn be served in accordance with the debts we owe them.

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