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Is technologism the worst enemy of military effectiveness?

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Over the last 20 years, the US Army has spent more than $30 billion on programs that have not resulted in the production of operational equipment, in particular with the Comanche light attack and reconnaissance helicopter program. , the Future Combat system light armor renewal program, and the Bradley Ground Combat Vehicle replacement program.

While today it launched a vast modernization program, made up of 6 branches ranging from the replacement of reconnaissance and maneuver helicopters, to the next generation of armored vehicles, including the upgrading of the battlefield and the next generation of artillery, the GAO (Government Accountability Office), the American federal equivalent of the Cours des Comptes in France, has published a report aimed at supervising the execution of these future programs , so as to avoid the mistakes of the past.

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According to this report, the main threat to these programs lies in an excessive attraction to technologies currently under development, leading decision-makers to order equipment that is unreliable and untested in an operational environment. The parallel with the F35 program is obvious, since even today, after nearly 400 examples built, the aircraft delivered are still in "non-final" version, and the list of malfunctions hindering the effective use of the aircraft remaining exceptionally long.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolfhttps://meta-defense.fr/fabrice-wolf/
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the Meta-defense.fr site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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