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Why Does The U.S. Army Need Ten Years To Begin Fielding A New Recon Helicopter?

John Adams famously proposed a “government of laws and not of men.” Sometimes it seems as though what we actually ended up getting was a government of?lawyers.?The simplest decisions get bogged down in process — even when lives are on the line, even when the likely outcome of the process in question is obvious to everybody who’s paying attention.

The U.S. Army’s latest effort to acquire new armed recon helicopters is a case in point. The Army has been seeking a new rotorcraft that can find and attack targets in contested air space for a long, long time. So long that the last of its legacy recon helicopters was retired last year. By that time, the venerable Kiowa scout had been in service for nearly half a century.

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