12:29 22 Jul 2003
According to InsideDefense.com (subscription required)
Problems with small arms during Operation Iraqi Freedom have prompted the Army to investigate alternatives to the standard lubricant used for individual weapons, like the M-16 machine gun, according to service officials. Soldiers deployed to Iraq have consistently complained that the Army’s standard “CLP product” attracted sand to weapons and otherwise performed poorly in the desert terrain, according to an Army after-action report on soldier equipment. CLP stands for the military specification for a lubricant — cleaning, lubricating and preserving.
Better late than never, except for the people KILLED because the existing stuff doesn’t work as well as needed. Hat tip to Phil Carter’s Intel Dump. (Although he mentions One Hand Clapping and Winds of Change for following the story…but no mention of Murdoc Online. Damned liberal bias…)