The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) was seeking a partner for its project to find a faster, cheaper way to design and build military ground vehicles when the Pentagon dropped a bomb on the Marine Corps last year. Then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates killed the Marines' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) an armed, tracked and armored amphibious vehicle. Gates said that after two decades of development, $3.3 billion and only a few prototypes to show for it, the ...

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