A defense industry blogger known only as "Armchair Generalist" is one of the few insiders who hates the new blastproof trucks that SecDef Robert Gates has called his number one weapons priority. The military aims to rush as many as 17,000 of the tougher rides to Iraq to protect against IEDs, but A.G. says that's just putting a bandaid on a brain injury:
The guys in the field always want more gear to execute the mission. In the words of Col John Boyd, the military needs to invest in people, ideas, and equipment -- in that order. It's our tendancy to flip that into reverse, not because it's correct but because it's easier. Maybe we ought to be smarter and develop better concepts before defaulting to overly expensive technological solution.
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