First, ACE goes into much greater depth on the decision by the Marines to stick with the M16/M4 system rather than go with the new XM8.
With ever-tighter integration of the different services in missions, I wouldn’t think it’s a good idea for each to have its own service rifle, but, I’m not in the decision loop.
That’s a great point, and one that the all-in-one XM8 was supposed to address. But my money would be on the Marines for this sort of decision.
Secondly, ACE goes over a July report from Operation Iraqi Freedom, commenting on the M16/M4 system and the 5.56 NATO round in particular. If you’re following this debate, this post is a must-read. With pictures.
Tell ‘im Murdoc sent you.