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19th Aug '16 9:37:49 PM Kalaong
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-> "...A troop transport that can't carry troops, a reconnaissance vehicle that's too conspicuous to do reconnaissance, and a quasi-tank that has less armor than a snowblower, but has enough ammo to take out half of D.C."
-->--'''Sgt. Fanning'''

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-> "...->'''Sgt. Fanning''': ...A troop transport that can't carry troops, a reconnaissance vehicle that's too conspicuous to do reconnaissance, reconnaissance...\\
'''Colonel James Burton''': ...
and a quasi-tank that has less armor than a snowblower, but has enough ammo to take out half of D.C."
-->--'''Sgt. Fanning'''
C.
-->--A summary of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle
19th Aug '16 9:32:00 PM Kalaong
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-> "(...) A troop transport that can't carry troops, a reconnaissance vehicle that's too conspicuous to do reconnaissance, and a quasi-tank that has less armor than a snowblower, but has enough ammo to take out half of D.C."

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-> "(...) "...A troop transport that can't carry troops, a reconnaissance vehicle that's too conspicuous to do reconnaissance, and a quasi-tank that has less armor than a snowblower, but has enough ammo to take out half of D.C."
19th Aug '16 9:25:51 PM Kalaong
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No, you make a made-for-TV comedy starring KelseyGrammer as a Maj. General Partridge who wants the Bradley in production no matter how much of a liability it is to its own crew, and [[Film/ThePrincessBride Cary Elwes]] as Lt. Colonel Burton, who will do everything he can to prevent that from happening.

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No, you make a made-for-TV comedy BlackComedy starring KelseyGrammer as a Maj. General Partridge who wants the Bradley in production no matter how much of a liability it is to its own crew, and [[Film/ThePrincessBride Cary Elwes]] as Lt. Colonel Burton, who will do everything he can to prevent that from happening.
happening.

Hey, it makes as much sense as everything else that had anything to do with that [[TheAllegedCar Alleged Fighting Vehicle.]]



!!This made-for-TV movie provides examples of:

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!!This 1998 made-for-TV movie provides examples of:
19th Aug '16 9:22:39 PM Kalaong
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The Bradley Armored Fighting Vehicle, as designed, was a deathtrap. If it were to be sent into combat without significant modifications, it could kill hundreds of our own soldiers. So what do you do when the top brass orders you to make it pass the tests, so that it can be deployed in the field on schedule and make them look good? Do you make a somber, tragic movie showing the depths to which humanity can sink? Do you do a scathing news exposé of the affair and demand accountability?

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The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Fighting_Vehicle Bradley Armored Fighting Vehicle, Vehicle,]] as designed, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQ2lO3ieBA was a deathtrap. deathtrap.]] If it were to be sent into combat without significant modifications, it could kill hundreds of our own soldiers. So what do you do when the top brass orders you to make it pass the tests, so that it can be deployed in the field on schedule and make them look good? Do you make a somber, tragic movie showing the depths to which humanity can sink? Do you do a scathing news exposé of the affair and demand accountability?
14th Dec '15 3:37:11 AM TheGreenHerring
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* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe. The top brass change their minds several times about what kind of performance/armament they want the Bradley to have, often in mid-design. Causing [[DevelopmentHell major delays]] and budget overruns. Even worse, they tend to criticize the ''very features they requested previously'', i.e. demanding a larger gun, and then complaining that it gives the vehicle a tank-like silhouette and will ''encourage'' the enemy to target it first.
-->'''Designer:''' " Do you want me to put a sign on it in fifty languages, "I am a troop carrier, not a tank, please don't shoot at me"?"



--> "General, were you for or against the Major's testing regimen?"
--> "Absolutely not."
--> "Absolutely not, yes? Or absolutely not, no?"
--> "Absolutely not, absolutely."
* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe. The top brass change their minds several times about what kind of performance/armament they want the Bradley to have, often in mid-design. Causing [[DevelopmentHell major delays]] and budget overruns. Even worse, they tend to criticize the ''very features they requested previously'', i.e. demanding a larger gun, and then complaining that it gives the vehicle a tank-like silhouette and will ''encourage'' the enemy to target it first.
-->'''Designer:''' " Do you want me to put a sign on it in fifty languages, "I am a troop carrier, not a tank, please don't shoot at me"?"

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--> "General, were you for or against the Major's testing regimen?"
-->
regimen?"\\
"Absolutely not."\\
"Absolutely not, yes? Or absolutely not, no?"\\
"Absolutely not, absolutely.
"
--> "Absolutely not, yes? Or absolutely not, no?"
--> "Absolutely not, absolutely."
* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe. The top brass change their minds several times about what kind of performance/armament they want the Bradley to have, often in mid-design. Causing [[DevelopmentHell major delays]] and budget overruns. Even worse, they tend to criticize the ''very features they requested previously'', i.e. demanding a larger gun, and then complaining that it gives the vehicle a tank-like silhouette and will ''encourage'' the enemy to target it first.
-->'''Designer:''' " Do you want me to put a sign on it in fifty languages, "I am a troop carrier, not a tank, please don't shoot at me"?"
TheFilmOfTheBook: Of ''The Pentagon Wars'' by USAF Colonel James G. Burton.
11th Nov '15 7:52:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* YanksWithTanks: The US Army and Air Force play large roles in the film. Viewers can even see the odd [[SemperFi Marine]] or two as well.

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* YanksWithTanks: The US Army and Air Force play large roles in the film. Viewers can even see the odd [[SemperFi Marine]] or two as well.----
4th Sep '15 5:32:27 PM HouraiRabbit
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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The enlisted men display a great degree of cynicism towards Burton because a neverending cycle of officers just like him have come through and ultimately decide to play the game because they want their promotion.
2nd Sep '15 6:29:21 PM marcoasalazarm
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* TankGoodness: Averted to high heaven with the Bradley.



* YanksWithTanks: The US Army and Air Force play large roles in the film. Viewers can even see the odd [[SemperFi Marine]] or two as well.

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* YanksWithTanks: The US Army and Air Force play large roles in the film. Viewers can even see the odd [[SemperFi Marine]] or two as well.
28th Aug '15 9:04:10 AM HouraiRabbit
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* SoldiersAtTheRear: Burton uses the story of the M-16 to accuse the enlisted men working on the Bradley of not caring because they never knew anyone who died because of defective equipment. This is [[InvokedTrope deliberate]] however; as enlisted men, a lot of them probably ''did'' have close friends who died in combat because of defective equipment and Burton knows this.
28th Aug '15 8:48:39 AM HouraiRabbit
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* UndisclosedFunds: Averted - $14 Billion, with a "B".

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* TruthInTelevision: The kind of problems satirized here happen in any large bureaucracy. Nobody wants to tell the truth because it would make them look inefficient by comparison and essentially end their careers.
* UndisclosedFunds: Averted - $14 Billion, with a "B".
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