Iraq is a conflict with too many ill suited Humvees, and not enough vehicles designed to handle IEDs and gunfire. The shortage is in the thousands or tens of thousandds of vehicles.
There are about a dozen proven designs for vehicles that would do the job.
Two commentators here put those pieces together:
#10 from Brian on March 29, 2006 06:48 PM
Both Ford and GM have excess manufacturing capacity. If the pentagon wanted they could easily get a whole factory tooled up to produce whatever vehicle variant they decide upon quickly. The biggest delay would be the tooling changes required and ironing out the supply chain to the plant.
Both Ford and GM would leap at the chance to produce vehicles and avoid laying off part of their work force. But neither Ford nor GM could design a vehicle operate in that kind of environment. They no longer have the engineering experience with combat and explosives.
#11 from Joe Katzman on March 29, 2006 06:55 PM
Licensed production works.
It is potentially a classic win-win situation. Here's hoping someone with the power to make that kind of thing happen is reads this post.