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[...] the timing of the announcement can't help but arouse suspicion that the change in priority also reflects Army concern that FCS otherwise might suffer the fate of the Air Force's controversial F-22 fighter program, radically curtailed by the Defense Department over the vigorous objection of senior Air Force leaders, two of whom have since been fired. [...] lighter vehicles such as Humvees too often have proved to be deathtraps for soldiers confronting increasingly powerful mines, IEDs and manportable missiles, to the point where, lacking enough MIs and Bradleys, the Army and Marine Corps have been compelled to field trucks so heavily armored that they themselves have become virtual tanks, but without a tank's versatility, off-road mobility and firepower.
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