I've got a new one in the November issue of DTI about how all of these new military vehicles areally aren't so new after all:
At two recent shows—Defense Security and Equipment International (DSEi) in London and the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) here—contractors touted the non-developmental nature of their new vehicle programs as evidence of affordability and production-ready design. The experience was a far cry from a few years ago when the same companies boasted about outfitting their trucks, weapon systems and communication gear with the latest, greatest and often unproven technologies.
The change didn’t happen because industry lacks ideas, but because customers—whether the U.S. Defense Department or countries looking to upgrade wheeled vehicle and armored personnel carrier fleets—mandated it. The mandate is simple: Money is tight, schedules are short, and no one wants unproven, developmental technologies that cost too much or push schedules back.
You can read the whole thing here.