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pwaldo
08-03-2012, 08:38 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2164686/How-U-S-Army-spent-5BILLION-failed-pixel-camouflage--wanted-look-cooler-Marines.html


The U.S. Army is set to replace its 'Universal Camouflage Pattern' less than a decade after it was first introduced at a cost of $5billion.

The design, which combines grey and green blotches in a pixellated pattern, was supposed to disguise soldiers equally well in desert and in more temperate terrain.

But critics claim that the camouflage did not work properly in either environment - and some have even suggested that its main purpose was to make the Army appear 'more cool' than the Marines.

The inspiration for the innovative design, known as UCP, came after the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to The Daily.

While soldiers were issued with desert camouflage uniforms, their darker equipment - including flak jackets - stood out against the light-coloured clothing, making troops dangerously conspicuous.

The problem was apparently that Army commanders were envious of a cutting-edge new camouflage recently developed by the Marine Corps which incorporated pixels rather than the more traditional waves of colour.

So officials from PEO Soldier, which is responsible for procuring equipment, ordered developers to adapt their new grey-green colour scheme into the pixel pattern - even though experts argued this compromise would leave soldiers vulnerable in battle.

'Brand identity trumped camouflage utility,' according to military journalist Eric Graves. 'That's what this really comes down to: we can't allow the Marine Corps to look more cool than the Army.'

The results, according to some of the soldiers who had to wear the new uniform after it was introduced in 2004, was a disaster.

'Essentially, the Army designed a universal uniform that universally failed in every environment,' an Army specialist who served in Iraq told The Daily. 'The only time I have ever seen it work well was in a gravel pit.'

He continued: 'As a cavalry scout, it is my job to stay hidden. Wearing a uniform that stands out this badly makes it hard to do our job effectively. If we can see our own guys across a distance because of it, then so can our enemy.'

Now researchers are working on developing a replacement to the $5billion flop, and for the time being have introduced a temporary fix in the form of a new green and brown camouflage known as MultiCam.

The permanent solution will not be ready for battlefield use until some time next year.

Wickabee
08-03-2012, 09:16 PM
Sounds like money that could have been spent here http://www.sportscardforum.com/threads/1720238-Congress-won%E2%80%99t-rescue-postal-service-as-it-defaults-on-health-care-benefits

jaybird_1981
08-03-2012, 10:05 PM
Sounds like money that could have been spent here http://www.sportscardforum.com/threads/1720238-Congress-won%E2%80%99t-rescue-postal-service-as-it-defaults-on-health-care-benefits


Going to this uniform once an attempt at a one style uniform. Now they are going back to the two distinct uniforms depending on the environment so I doubt it will be cheaper paying for 2 uniforms instead of 1.

Wickabee
08-03-2012, 11:05 PM
...okay?
The USPS is going to default on $11.1Billion and people are saying sending $76million going to foreign aid would be better spent there.

$76million, even $100million does nothing to $11.1Billion, but $5billion sure would. I guess it's better spent on camo that doesn't work, though.

jaybird_1981
08-03-2012, 11:15 PM
...okay?
The USPS is going to default on $11.1Billion and people are saying sending $76million going to foreign aid would be better spent there.

$76million, even $100million does nothing to $11.1Billion, but $5billion sure would. I guess it's better spent on camo that doesn't work, though.

Are you saying they shouldn't purchase uniforms? My comment was that it was an attempt to save money by going to an all purpose uniform.

JustAlex
08-04-2012, 03:39 AM
More Fail from a FAIL army???

NO WAY!

But We're still #1.....USA, USA, USA! :rolleyes:

theonedru
08-04-2012, 03:41 AM
Total waste of taxpayers money, and the $5 billion is just a small drop in the hat to what it will really end up costing. They could have done computer analysis to figure out it would not work before going all out like they did. Heads should roll but they won't

Wickabee
08-04-2012, 05:24 AM
Are you saying they shouldn't purchase uniforms? My comment was that it was an attempt to save money by going to an all purpose uniform.

And now they're spending the money they would have before plus this five billion. Fail.