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Top Marine Explains MRAP Cutbacks
Top Marine Explains MRAP Cutbacks
American Forces Press Service | December 06, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Improved conditions in Iraq and a desire to remain a light, mobile force caused the Marine Corps cut its order for mine-resistant, ambushprotected vehicles, a decision that included careful assessment of its effect on safety of deployed forces, the commandant of the Marine Corps said here today.

The Marine Corps has asked the Joint Requirement Oversight Council to cut the number of MRAP vehicles earmarked for the service from 3,600 to 2,300.

The safety of Marines and sailors in Iraq was paramount in planners' minds when making the decision, the commandant emphasized. "I am absolutely comfortable that no Marine or sailor will experience additional risk in Iraq as a result of the recommendation," he said.

The need to keep the Marine Corps light was part of the reasoning, he said. The vehicles weigh 48,000 pounds each, and the sealift and airlift needed for them would be excessive, he added.

Another part of the decision to reduce the Marine Corps' MRAP order has to do with changes in conditions in Iraq, Conway said.


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