In the near future, the US Army will receive special CCFC face masks to protect against COVID-19, the losses from which this year turned out to be quite comparable to those in combat. According to Air Force Magazine, 117, 736 cases of the disease were registered among military and civilian personnel in the United States, 129 of which were fatal.
The development and production of CCFCs was carried out on an expedited basis. Typically, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), which is responsible for the logistics of the US Army, takes no more than a year to create the required product. However, in the case of the coronavirus pandemic, it was necessary to act faster.
But, as it turned out, the most powerful army in the world took almost a year to develop a simple mask from a piece of camouflage fabric. In the civilian sector, this task was solved in a few days.
This example is not unique. So, it took the US Army 9 years to replace the outdated M9 pistol with the more modern M17 from Sig Sauer. The situation is no better with the replacement of the M2 Bradley BMP - the military is making its fourth attempt to develop and adopt a new combat vehicle.
For comparison, NASA plans to land on the moon as part of the Artemis mission in 12 years, which is only three years more than it took army bureaucrats to replace a standard pistol.