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Just out on InsideDefense.com:

The Marine Corps is planning steep cuts to one of its largest modernization programs — the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle — as part of a wider effort to recalibrate its forces to better fight irregular combatants, according to internal Pentagon budget documents.
EFV websize.jpgThe cuts are spelled out in a summary of the Marine Corps’ new six-year spending plan obtained by InsideDefense.com. The plan also includes significant changes to tactical aviation, including purchases of 25 fewer MV-22 tiltrotor Osprey aircraft and 35 fewer Joint Strike Fighter aircraft between fiscal years 2008 and 2013.
The Marine Corps six-year program has been rebalanced to shift resources from conventional to irregular capabilities and capacities, states a 10-page executive summary of the services program objective memorandum for FY-08 to FY-13.

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UPDATE: This new report on Marine Corps equipment post-Iraq, which I linked to earlier today, has this to say on EFVs:

The Marines need a new Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) to replace the Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV), but it is not clear that the service can fill all of its future needs with the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) given the systems high cost. The Marines should seriously consider cutting back the number of EFVs that they plan to purchase from 1000 to between 600 and 700 vehicles. The Marines should instead consider purchasing a mix of EFVs and LAV II vehicles or other similar APCs. While these vehicles are not amphibious, the likelihood of the Marines storming heavily fortified beaches on the scale of WWII remains remote. Instead, the Marines should main tain a sizeable portion of the legacy AAV fleet as a strategic reserve in case there is a need to undertake a substantial amphibious operation.

Dan Dupont

  • WarNerd

    Finally! It’s good to see at least one entity in the US Government is waking up to reality. Fighting “irregulars” is the name of the game from now on. Something tells me the USN and USAF is going to be the last ones to give up their big war fantasy pet projects.

  • Byron Skinner

    Good efening Folks,
    This story has been around since last Spring and may just be a budget ploy for mo’ money. The EFV is ready for production, the Marines want it, there AAV-7’s are being eaten up in Iraq. The only real argurment against the EFV is that the last opposed Amph. Invasion was in 1950 at Inchion.
    A side story to this is the fate of the Airborne. Airbore Units are very expensive to creat and to maintain, at present the active Army tries to maintain ten, not including Ranger of SF Units, Airborne Battalions, mostly to fill out the 82ed. Div. and a battalion of the 173ed. Airborne Bgde. In light of the fact that thses battalions have been used mostly as Light Infantry in recent conflicts.
    The suggestion at the Pentagon is to make a single Brigade of the 82ed. Airborne the others like the 101st. units and keep the 173ed.’s battalion in the active Army. Any other Airborne Battalions would be in the National Guard.
    As suggested by “warnerd” and Bob Dylan, “The times they are a changin’.”
    ALLONS,
    Byron Skinner

  • Mike

    Regardless of everything.. the USMC AAV-7 are getting old and worn out. This new Machine would be far better at any type of conflict, from gurilla tatics, a convential army, or even hybrids like what we are seeing in Lebenon.

  • Jason

    though aav have taken some damage it is not even close to what lav have taken. while in Iraq one of our aav got hit by a double stack anti-tank mine (two mines on top of each other) with sem-teck on top of that had damages. one marine with a concussion. track back up in about a week. after Suspension damage. week later lav got hit with same kind of set up lost at least three. no way do i want to drive a lav.