In 2007, the Marine Corps “completed a 10-year, $300-million-plus overhaul” of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle Program’s predecessor, the Amphibious Assault Vehicle, which could give the older craft an additional six years of service. These older vehicles provide less advanced capabilities than the EFV, but the vulnerabilities of the new vehicle outweigh the advances it provides when considered in the context of the current threat environment. The Defense Department requested $293.5 million for RDT&E for the program in fiscal year 2010, which Congress agreed to fund. This amount, absent any funds required to close down the program, should be reprogrammed to Afghanistan costs in the next fiscal year.
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