It goes to show you that as far as DoD priorities go, small arms is way far down the list compared to high dollar “Big Bang” projects.
It’s the nature of the acquisition system, performance reports of the officers involved, and budget cycles. It’s far easier to justify a big boom project as a capability gap than to justify incremental changes that congressionals think you already have and don’t really need.
They are testing a Battalion, which is good, lets wait and see what happens before we get too upset.
Oh, I’m not upset at all. Perhaps a little pessimistic, but I do think this is a positive experiment. I’m just referring to how the services view things like the relatively low cost of this versus a single $800k shot from the Navy’s wonder gun.
The Marines are better than most at focusing on the capability of the individual rifleman. But, ultimately, the bigger sexier projects will always win the funding. I say this as an Air Force guy who continually watched funding for nuclear weapons sustainment get siphoned off for newer whizbangs.