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10-06-2006, 01:50 PM
5 October Marine Corps Times - Pentagon Official Orders Review of EFV Program (http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-2155033.php) by Christian Lowe.


The Pentagonís top gear buyer told the Marine Corps on Wednesday to put the brakes on one of its most prized weapons programs after operational tests this summer delivered lackluster results.

Pentagon acquisition chief Kenneth Krieg told Marine officials at a Wednesday meeting that the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program isnít ready for prime time and agreed with a proposal that the Navyís top tester, Delores Etter, should convene a panel to study ways to put the flagging program back on track.

Tests conducted this summer at Camp Pendleton and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., showed a more than 35 percent drop in hoped-for reliability of the EFVís mission-essential functions...