Over the next few years a shrinking defense budget coupled with the cost of resetting the post-Iraq and Afghanistan force will severely crimp high-profile acquisition projects. For the Marine Corps, the future of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle—a $22.7 million dollar amphibious armored fighting vehicle—is at risk.
With the EFV one of the few remaining means of ensuring America's forcible entry into contested hostile territory, Marines have fought hard for the platform, but the program, characterized by Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) as "an embarrassment," teeters on the brink of cancellation.1
There is little room left for error. This platform, already enduring a second system development and demonstration phase (technically a 4.5-year extension), must survive a Design Review and a Defense Acquisition Board in the next few months. If the project proceeds, Congress will not authorize low-rate production until at least 2010-11, when the Pentagon procurement budget will be under serious strain.