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Hard to explain to the troops downrange and, unfortunately, their surviving family members, that the reason they didn't have the best available equipment right now is because we wanted to wait until we could develop, test, produce and then field one made in the US.
Then the bean counters step in and say that hundreds of millions would have been saved if we bought an available, off the shelf AFV from (fill in the blank) instead of trying to make one ourselves and ending up with interservice squabbles, cost overruns, faked tests, etc.
In a perfect world, it would be nice if we could develop one at home and have it made here quickly and make everyone happy. Well, everyone but foreign arms dealers.