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The more things change...

...the more they stay the same. DoD acquisition silliness and requirements creep is nothing new. Scipio probably had this problem with his catapulters... From the Sep-Oct 1940 issue of Field Artillery magazine.



 You're picking on one of my mates!  Don't forget, the males have poisonous spines on their hind feet, so they can exact revenge.  Otherwise, the observations are true - committees with multiple vested interests make bad design choices.