The Army has decided that it does not need a helicopter in its combat fleet capable of lifting the service’s next-generation jeep. Known as the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the next-gen jeep was designed among other things to protect soldiers from improvised explosive devices. But the Secretary of the Army says that his service is posturing for war with Russia and China in the future. So upgrading the Chinook helicopter to lift the JLTV is no longer a priority. This is not clear thinking, and repeats a pattern of behavior that in the past has repeatedly undercut Army modernization efforts. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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