5.7 CONCLUSION

Despite the seemingly disparate considerations in lightweighting of the full spectrum of military vehicles, important commonalties are evident. Future policies and investment strategies that are founded in these commonalties should yield the greatest impact on lightweighting of future military vehicles.

Furthermore, with the enormous magnitude of military operations and associated costs, such strategies are expected to have a broad impact on national concerns that extend beyond the military: notably, the sustainability of fossil fuel use at present levels, the balance of trade, and domestic employment opportunities.



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