Pentagon Phasing Out MRAPs, but Bomb Threat Remains
The Pentagon plans to liquidate most of its $45 billion fleet of armored vehicles, betting that wars like Iraq and Afghanistan won’t be fought again soon and that the holy grail of combat trucks — one light enough to be nimble and strong enough to withstand roadside bombs — becomes reality in the next five years.
It may be wishful thinking to suppose U.S. enemies won’t use improvised explosive devices, according to a recent report from the Center for Naval Analyses, a government think-tank. That report says the IED is probably here to stay as a threat to U.S. troops abroad.
“It is cost effective,” said Joseph Trevithick, a research associate at globalsecurity.org, a defense policy organization. “You can make explosives out of just about anything.”