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Subject: French Military Cuts--what little programs are quietly getting axed?
scholar    6/15/2011 11:58:01 AM
I recently spoke with a French military expert who explained to me that one way the French military has been able to escape major cuts like those going on with the UK is that the French have been quietly killing off little programs known as "programs de coherence operationels," which are low hanging fruit because they are not regarded as having any political or industrial significance. He gave two examples: the French army retains tanks, but has given up on tank transporters. It has also given up on portable bridging technology, forcing it to rely on the US in Afghanistan whenever French vehicles find it necessary to cross an unbridged river/wadi/etc. Do any of you know of other examples?
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