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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:41 AM

Marines Will Sacrifice Everything But ACV & Readiness To Sequester; Marine Personnel Carrier Dropped

http://breakingdefense.com/2013/06/26/marines-will-sacrifice-everything-but-acv-readiness-to-sequester-marine-personnel-carrier-dropped-gen-amos/



Marines Will Sacrifice Everything But ACV & Readiness To Sequester; Marine Personnel Carrier Dropped: Gen. Amos
By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on June 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

WASHINGTON: Fewer F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, MV-22 Ospreys, AH-1 Cobras, and UH-1 Hueys. No Marine Personnel Carrier. Maybe no Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to replace the Humvee. 8,000 fewer Marines on active duty. The Marine Commandant has put all that on the table as part of his proposal to the Defense Secretary’s Strategic Choices and Management Review. If sequester goes into effect in its full 10-year, $500 billion glory – and all signs so far are it will – then Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos stands ready to sacrifice almost everything except the Amphibious Combat Vehicle and combat readiness.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hasn’t made his final decisions, Gen. Amos emphasized at a Defense Writers’ Group breakfast this morning. But Amos made clear his preferences. A select and secretive team on Amos’s staff has come up with its own plan to cut the Marine Corps budget by 10 percent – reflecting full sequester – and submitted it to Hagel to be considered as part of the SCMR.

“I don’t want this to happen,” Amos said, but if it has to, “tell me what my budget’s going to be; I’ll build the best Marine Corps that America can afford.”

“I don’t want to get out ahead of my secretary because there’ve been no final decisions made,” Amos said when asked for details, but the butcher’s bill for full sequestration will definitely cost the Marines Corps “infantry battalions… logistics battalions…. fixed-wing squadrons … (some) F-35s… some (AH-1) Cobras and (UH-1) Hueys… some MV-22s.”

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:46 AM

1. Thank goodness, some actual good coming out of the sequester!

 

It seems unreal.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:31 AM

2. Hueys!?

Like the ones on display at the Smithsonian? Surely they meant UH-60 Blackhawks.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:33 AM

3. Nope-there's some nice late generation stuff still flying...

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Response to catnhatnh (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:43 AM

4. Okay, thanks.

I actually looked up the Huey page on wiki, but it wasn't clear on operational models. Amazing airframe.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Sat Jul 27, 2013, 04:47 PM

5. Fewer Ospreys?? How many did they originally want?

Because I just read the other day that they are getting 99 of those flying deathtraps.

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