CAPT MALCOLM F GRANVILLE@MARATHON@MCB QUANTICO
Wednesday, December 20, 1995 at 8:49:34 am EST
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am a logistics guy by trade and was interested to hear of a product called MILITEC from an acquaintance of mine. MILITEC is an all-purpose lubricant for all types of equipment which, by its claims, is so good that CLP couldn't hold a candle to it. It supposedly repels dust, dirt and debris, unlike CLP that traps it. It holds its properties well under extreme temperature conditions, etc. There is a lot that is intriguing me about this product. I intend to learn more!
As a logistics officer for an infantry battalion in 29 Palms for 3 years, I saw the woes of CLP in the sand. CLP could be rated as a glue in that regard. And where there is sand, there is friction. Where there is friction, there is wearing and tearing. Any reasonable person knows the final loss is in real dollars for equipment R & R. Most importantly, when a Marine can keep his eyes in the iron on his M16 vice blowing sand off his bolt, his chances for survival go up exponentially, not to mention if his equipment doesn't jam, double feed or just plain stop on him.
We just hosted the Commandant's Industry Day here yesterday. We are asking industry to meet the needs of the Marine Corps today. Think of how many upgrades in equipment you have seen in your careers in the Marine Corps. How long have you known CLP? Do you know of anything else to use besides that? Maybe not, but I'm certain you wouldn't call in the M60A2 tanks to roll down the streets of Sarajevo!
Where is MILITEC in our system? Does MARCORSYSCOM have it in their arena? Can MCOTEA put it through the test? Are we all too comfortable with CLP? How do you chose the oil you use in your car?
In the age of Performance Specs over Milspecs, we need to foster the competition intended by the abolition of Milspecs. Snap-on tools got on board and are excited about providing the Marine Corps with some really great products and laugh at the die-cast metal junk we procure for the DSSC's. I'd rather buy a $10 tool today and have it for a lifetime rather
than a $5 tool every month for life. What's even better, Performance Specs gives the Marine Corps commanders more freedom in performing their mission. We all benefit by competition because the better products will be adopted and we can save money in the end.
Just some food for thought. I wouldn't put 87 octane in my new Porsche.
Of course, I would first have to BUY a new Porsche!