Debate on a new military rifle
The Army Times carries the story. H&K have come up with a light rifle that uses a piston and operating rod (so 20th century!) and is far more jam-resistant than the M-4/M-16 series. Probably cheaper, too. The military's resistance to it (and to other proposals to improve the rifle) is basically it'd cost so much (a whole billion) to replace, and so they'd rather wait until the day when they can design a planned space-age weapon down from 16 pounds to something carryable. The technology will become available someday, they hope.
It's interesting to reflect how ready they are to spend billions on high-tech weapons, but not to give the grunt a reliable rifle.
[Hat tip to Dan Gifford]