Costly Osprey Hybrid Craft Symbol of Fight to Cut Pentagon –

Defense Department officials say the hybrid aircraft was the fastest way to get Mr. Panetta and his entourage to New York that day. But anyone who has followed the tortured history of the Osprey over the past quarter-century saw the persistent, politically savvy hand of the Marines in arranging Mr. Panetta’s flight — and another example in what has become a case study of how hard it is to kill billion-dollar Pentagon programs.

“At a car dealership, what the salesman wants to do is get you inside the vehicle,” said Dakota Wood, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and defense analyst. “You take the test drive and wow, it’s got a great stereo, it feels good, it has that new-car smell.”

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We’re too lazy to really write anything this morning.

We’ve long objected to the Marines purchase of the Osprey. Not because “it’s a death trap”- it’s not. Mostly, we simply can’t support buying helicopters that cost almost twice as much as an F-16.

Further, the MV-22 really only makes sense in the context of the Marines/Navy vision of Over The Horizon amphibious assault. And doctrine is really only practical if ALL the elements of amphibious assault work