Lexington COO Loren Thompson was quoted by the Financial Times in an article about concerns over sending M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. Some believe that procurement issues that could impact the Abrams’ maintenance requirements, including the frequent demand for spare parts. As a result, some have speculated that it would underperform in combat. Thompson said those concerns were “exaggerated,” arguing that “while there were high-profile procurement failures at the Pentagon, many weapons systems worked as advertised.”
“Common criticism [of] Pentagon weapons is that they’re too complicated and consequently it costs too much and they have low rates of readiness,” Thompson added. “It’s a stereotype that is true some of the time but often is overstated.”
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