Marines Wade Into Program Management

December 9, 2011

Marine Corps leaders are changing how the service buys weapon systems by injecting themselves into program management.

At a time of declining Pentagon budgets, struggling big-ticket programs with large price tags are targets for termination. If lawmakers fail to reach a debt-reduction deal, a process called sequestration would trigger $600 billion in national defense cuts. 

Enter senior Marine Corps leaders, who have taken a leading role in turning around two weapon programs central to the service's future plans: the F-35 fighter and Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) efforts. 

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