Thursday, November 19, 2020

Marines’ New Recon Vehicle Faces Uncertainty

 via National Defense Magazine

A new strategic blueprint from the commandant of the Marine Corps has thrown into question the future of the service’s effort to acquire a new scout vehicle.


 A draft request for prototype proposals for the platform’s base variant was slated to be released in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020 with the final RFPP scheduled for spring 2021, the press release said.

“PM LAV will focus efforts targeted on industry RFIs and strategic small group engagements,” John Myers, program manager for Marine Corps Systems Command’s light armored vehicle portfolio, said in the release. 

However, these timelines are now being questioned as the Marine Corps and Navy have gone silent on the ARV.

Over the summer, the program was transferred from Marine Corps Systems Command to the service’s Program Executive Office for Land Systems. Since then, public affairs officers have declined to answer follow-up questions about the program, with MCSC spokespersons referring questions to PEO Land Systems, and its spokesperson referring questions to the Office of Naval Research, since it is classified as a science-and-technology program, not a “program of record.”


 Mark Cancian, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, noted that the service is not only divesting its tanks, but also scaling back on other ground platforms such as the Amphibious Combat Vehicle.

“That vision is for small, highly agile teams that will use long-range precision fires,” Cancian said. “Combat vehicles don’t fit very well into this concept. … Ground combat vehicles are most useful if you are conducting operations against the conventional ground forces of another power. The Marine Corps looks to be fighting at long range.”


There you have it.

I've been telling you that LAR is the walking dead.  They're zombies but they just don't know.

Close with and destroy the enemy?  That's old skool Marine Corps!  There is a "bit of difference"!

The new Marines leave the ground fighting entirely up to the Army.  Any mission they're looking at performing will be better conducted by Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, or even Special Forces (raids...Berger thought we could dip our toes in the raid category when SOCOM has that fenced he smoking crack!).

But back on task.

LAR is definitely dead.  ACV is probably dead too (the answer to that will be what Biden decides to do with the defense budget but with flat budgets being a certainty and cutbacks being possible its in danger too).

The Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) had a good run.  Its a shame it was killed from within.  But have no fear.  Once Berger is gone, once the Marines are sitting on the sidelines of future fights they'll TRY and bring it back.  Unfortunately it'll be too late.  Berger's concept is the death of the Marines. 

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