Procurement: May 8, 2000

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The US Army and Marines are developing a new lightweight 155mm howitzer. Simple enough. But arguments over where parts of the howitzer will be built have delayed the project over 18 months and increased cost some nine percent. Much of the technology for this new weapon is British, but members of Congress and the Army procurement bureaucracy want a lot of the manufacturing done in government facilities, even though this will slow down the project and drive up the cost. Procurement as usual. 

 


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