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Clothes Call: Camouflaged Spending

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Joe and Jane American don’t buy warships, satellites, tanks and jet fighters. But they do purchase clothes to wear in a variety of colors and patterns.

That’s what makes Thursday’s story in the Washington Post on the military’s never ending-quest to purchase perfect camouflage so irritating:

In just 11 years, two kinds of camouflage have turned into 10. And a simple aspect of the U.S. government has emerged as a complicated and expensive case study in federal duplication.

The military has spent $12 million developing its latest lines of ready-to-war garb.

No telling how much such duplication there is elsewhere in the defense budget where waste is tougher for taxpayers to judge.

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JohnSmith2013
JohnSmith2013

The real name of OCP (Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern) is MultiCam, and has been around since 2004. MultiCam has actually been around before 2004, at first it was called Scorpion. Scorpion was the pattern the US Army were going to choose before they chose UCP (Universal Combat Pattern), which is the pattern on the ACU (Army Combat Uniform). The US Army could have saved a lot of money by choosing the Scorpion pattern from the beginning. 

It should be noted that UCP (Universal Combat Pattern) is the same pattern as on the MCCUU (Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform) called MARPAT (Marines Pattern) but with one less colour. The US Navy NWU Type I, II and III patterns (Navy Working Uniform) is also the same as MARPAT.

deemery
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I remember the huge effort 30+ years ago to get all the Services aligned to the BDU uniform.   This situation should be unacceptable to Secretary of Defense and to Congress.  I understand the potential morale value of separate uniforms, but the money we've wasted here is appalling.  

The Wash Post article highlights that the Navy and USAF uniform decisions were not based on warfighter considerations, but on "style".

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