by Paul McLeary
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno brought some real talk to the AUSA convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this morning when discussing ground vehicles. Talking about the Army’s need for a new infantry fighting vehicle, Odierno lambasted the performance of the Bradley in combat, saying that the BAE Systems-manufactured combat truck “hasn’t done very well” in terms of survivability, and that in Iraq “we lost more Bradleys than any other combat platform, and we haven’t used a Bradley in five years.”
When it comes to the General Dynamics-made Stryker, he said that “we have so much weight on the Stryker right now, we can’t get it off the damn roads.”
Sounds all Pentagon Wars and "ubiquitous 2000's Stryker vehicle critics" to me.
Maybe it's an inside joke for people who watched the Stryker critique of 2000-2006: It seems as if regarding Strykers and off-road driving, even "Sparky" was more correct than the then-U.S. Army leadership. That's kind of sad.
A comment on the "Pentagon Wars" Youtube video says
When your design makes Warhammer tanks look simple and practical, you know you fucked up somewhere.That instantaneously forced me to think of THIS.
edit: Obvious crazy goes on.
edit2: Just in case you didn't believe it's crazy: 63.5 metric tons, 25 mm gun, supposedly 9 dismounts (I don't believe the latter is a practical figure - side and rear overhang look very impractical as well).