The Marine Corps wants as many of the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, the replacement for the Humvee, as it can get its hands on, according toa new in National Defense magazine.
OshKosh won the contract in 2015 to produce the JLTV to replace the Marine Corps and Army’s aging fleets of Humvees. That contract was for $6.7 billion to produce roughly 17,000 initial vehicles. In total, the program could result in as many 50,000 JLTVs.
And while the Marine Corps has committed itself to only 5,500 units, Andrew Rodgers, the Marine Corps’ program manager for light tactical vehicles, said at a recent defense conference that Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller wants a lot more.
“The increases are based on funding available. The Marine Corps enterprise has … [indicated] that they do want to go up to 9,991,” Rodgers said. “They want to go there as quick as possible. Last time I spoke to the commandant of the Marine Corps, he said, ‘Get JLTVs out the door as quick as possible.’”
The Marine Corps’ acquisition priorities were called into questionback in March amid billion-dollar aviation programs like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the new CH-53K King Stallion helicopter. Democratic Rep. Niki Tsongas from Massachusetts challenged the Marine Corps spending priorities.
“While the Marine Corps certainly has a need for aircraft of many types, the ratio of spending on aircraft compared to ground equipment is striking,” Tsongas said during the March 10 Marine Corps modernization hearing. Tsongas pointed out that the Marine Corps’ 2017 budget requested three times as much for aviation as it did for ground combat technologies.
“… I have some concerns about this ratio of spending on aircraft versus ground equipment, given the Marine Corps’ mission to be the premiere force in readiness and the historical reliance that the nation has placed on the Marine Corps’ role in ground combat,” she added.
Tsongas’ concerns have merit, as it’s easy to worry the Marine Corps is focusing too much on aviation technologies and not proportionately investing in developing the ground combat element. This news on the JLTV, however, shows the Marine Corps has at least one ground combat technology it is enamored with.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)
The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the U.S. after recently deserting the terror group, is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return home.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."