Marines will reduce orders for armored vehicles

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

They've not saying why, but the Marines have announced plans to buy 1,300 fewer bomb-resistant vehicles than originally planned.

Defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have told The Associated Press that the Corps' requirement for mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles is dropping from 3,700 to 2,400. The decision was made despite pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill who are determined to spend billions of dollars on the vehicles.

Marine Commandant General T. James Conway tipped his hand about a month ago about a possible reduction, saying he was concerned that his force was losing its "expeditionary flavor."

His concern came at around the same time that an independent study questioned whether the Pentagon was buying too many of the vehicles, which carry a price tag of up to 1 million dollars apiece.

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