My comment: The Army is pursuing a 1942 tactical solution to contemporary warfare. Providing light infantry with light tanks was a desperate measure in 1942 to make up for a lack of firepower and protection. It did not work against the Germans who triumphed wherever it was tried. The German and Soviet use of Main battle tanks led to whole sale mechanization and fielding of armored infantry/panzer grenadier formations in all Western armies by the end of WWII.
The M8 Buford is an old chassis with a weaker engine than the M2 Bradley and the AJAX is the same chassis that the British are gonna use and is based on the ASCOD used in Spain and Austria. The AJAX when fully armored weighs up to 42 metric tons but has a 600 kW engine. Compare to the Puma when fully armored weighs 44 metric tons but has an 800 kW engine. PUMA survivability is vastly superior to the Army’s preferred solutions.
Both the Buford and AJAX are old technology, but because they are BAE and GD, the US Army isn’t allowing for real competition.
ROBERT STEELE: There are huge similarities among the ways that the US buys airplanes, ships, and vehicles — the ways are optimized to waste money on the military-industrial complex, not actually create sustainable capabilities that can win wars. Roughly 60% of the Pentagon’s inventory is “down” at any given time for lack of spare parts, trained mechanics, scarce software diagnostic devices, and more. Col (Ret) Dr. Macgregor is not only America’s greatest living armor officer with both books and major armored victories to the his credit, he is a patriot who thinks about keeping infantry alive. As General (Ret) Bob Scales has pointed out, the infantry is 4% of the force, takes 80% of the casualites, and gets 1% of the budget. Pentagon strategy and force structure planning is close to treasonous, out of control, and not worth what we pay for it.