The Project On Government Oversight, the organization that made the Initial Impressions report on the Stryker’s performance public, has put out a call for opinions from Stryker Brigade soldiers.
Hard to tell whether they really want the facts or if they’re simply looking to build their case that the Stryker isn’t all that great. I’ll give them credit for publicly asking for opinions from those who would know, though.
I’ve been remiss about following up on that report. To be honest, I was a bit surprised by the amount of coverage the whole thing received. As I mentioned in my first post on the report, it really looks like a good review of lessons learned during the first year in Iraq, and is exactly the sort of thing we should expect (demand?) from our military. Nothing, especially a new vehicle in a new environment, is going to be even close to perfect, and measuring real-world performance and making corrections is the only way to get there.
Rather than seeing the report as a damning condemnation, I simply see it as a step in the process of making the Stryker the best that it can be.