Truck fleet will be 'common' for Army, Marines.
The Army and the Marine Corps appear to be at odds on what type of
truck they would like to buy to replace the ubiquitous Humvee. The Army
is seeking a "light utility" truck, while the Marine Corps
envisions a "combat tactical vehicle." But with Pentagon budgets becoming tighter, the services will not be allowed to buy two
different fleets of vehicles, and have been directed to consolidate
their requirements so they can acquire a common fleet. This will be a
"challenge," says Army Brig. Gen. John Bartley Jr., program
executive officer for combat support. "The Humvee replacement will
be joint program with the Marine Corps ... but both services use the
Humvee differently." The Marines want room for six passengers, the
Army wants seating for four. They have to achieve some sort of
compromise before 2007, when the Army expects to award procurement contracts for new trucks. "We'll come to closure on what the
requirements are," Bartley says.