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Stryker Reality of War

Stryker Reality of War

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Written by Victor O’Reilly for Congressman Jim Saxton, D21 Aug 22, 2003
STRYKER BRIGADES VersusTHE REALITY OF WAR Fundamental Concerns About The Stryker’s CapabilitiesIn Combat When Evaluated Against Lessons LearnedFrom The Conflicts In Afghanistan, Iraq And Elsewhere.
Wheeled Armored Vehicle similar to the Stryker burned out in Somalia.Such vehicles, as was shown in Soviet occupied Afghanistan, have provedexceptionally vulnerable to RPGs and machine gun fire.
“The preponderance of damage to our tanks and Bradleyswas done by RPGs.” Major Jeff Voight USA, Battle Damage Assessment Team Leader V Corps BDA Iraq 2003
Written by Victor O’Reilly for Congressman Jim Saxton, D21 Aug 22, 2003
 A SIMPLE ISSUE:In a time of war, should the lives of American soldiersbe put at stake by – knowingly - fielding substandardvehicles procured to meet a symbolic peacetimeagenda?
In peacetime, the procurement of military equipment resembles acommercial spectator sport where the rewards are profit and the penalty is loss.Of course, most thinking Americans know it should not be that way –because the lives of American soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen could
be at stake - but their concerns are largely swept aside by theimperatives of a free market economy where the good, without question,outweighs the bad.Senators and Congressman, quite rightly, fight for their states, districts andparty interests. Defense contractors fight for their bottom line. The military fightfor their services.All of this is understandable, if less than ideal, in peacetime.
But, we are at war
, and, as this document is being written, Americansoldiers are being killed or injured virtually every day in Iraq – with equipmentlimitations making no small contribution.Apart from our tanks and Bradleys, virtually none of our vehicles haveany significant degree of RPG resistance, yet the RPG is the most predictableweapon, apart from the AK-47 that we are likely to encounter in any foreseeableconflict.The issue raised in this report is whether the US Army should be allowedto field the Stryker, a family of vehicles whose extensive deficiencies arecomprehensively laid out in the following pages, but which, for technical,bureaucratic and political reasons, has managed to elude the Department of Defense’s Operational Test and Evaluation.In this document, we ask that this exercise in symbolism, instead of substance, be stopped.There are far, far, better and more cost effective alternatives.More to the point, American lives, and the missions for which our soldiersfight, should not be put at risk unnecessarily.
 Victor O’Reilly cochraneinst@adelphia.net
Written by Victor O’Reilly for Congressman Jim Saxton, D21 Aug 22, 2003
CONTENTSSection Title PageExecutive Summary1. Introduction to the Stryker
122. Lessons Learned from combat
243. The Stryker Concept v Lessons Learned 354. The Stryker: The Mobile Gun System 465..
The Stryker: Survivability examined 556. The Stryker: Deployability examined 607. The Stryker: Costs 698. The Stryker: Alternatives 849. Recommendations 10210. Conclusions 103 Author’s Note:
This report contains serious criticisms of the Army’s decision to procureand field the Stryker. They are being advanced in the spirit of former Army Chief of Staff General Sullivan’s comment that, “Disagreement is not disrespect.”The author has the greatest respect and affection for the Army but believesthat flawed decisions, particularly in a time of war, where lives are immediately atstake, must be opposed.Such is one’s right and duty in this great democracy. It was that samedemocracy that the US Army, to its enduring credit, originally fought for, andwon.This is a draft which will be refined and extended as additionalinformation becomes available. In that context, it is to be wished that soldiers of character will step up to disclose the truth. There are issues of principle at stakehere.
 Author: Victor O’Reillycochraneinst@adelphia.net 

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