Tuesday, May 15, 2018

US Army rushing Mobile Shorad Launcher (MSL) Stryker to service

The story that hasn't gotten enough play time this week?

The US Army has gotten the MSL Stryker into service and will soon have it deployed to Europe.

Why am I impressed?

Because we did the Russian thing.

We took an existing vehicle and modified it to meet an essential need.  Take the F-35 out of it.  We still need to reinvigorate, and rebuild our air defense forces.

This is an awesome step forward toward that goal.  Quite honestly the Marine Corps should probably do the same thing they did with the MLRS.  Adopt the light version of the system that the Army developed (HIMARS) for their Light Infantry Brigades and get it into service with the Corps.

Is this the future with more budget trainwrecks coming?

I think so.

For better or worse we've seen a generation of military leadership squander an opportunity to develop NEW gear for the next war.  Our boys and girls will be riding into battle with stuff thought of in the 70's, 80's and 90's.

It's not suppose to be that way.

This generation is suppose to set the table for the next but an ill conceived war on terror with a jacked up/impossible to achieve mission mindset (generational war for a volunteer military that has been going on for 20 years with the added idiocy of a false INCREASED operations tempo...anyone who thought that was a good idea was smoking industrial grade crack) doomed any chance for improvement.

The best we can hope for is that they're able to breathe new life into old gear...in other words doing things the Russian way.

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