Only in government do you take 70 years of research and development on the AR platform and similar weapons innovations and throw it out the window and ask a company that does not otherwise have much small arms expertise to prototype your next generation service rifle. Kinda like how the ACA insurance portal contract was given to a company that had little to no background in web design or healthcare software when Apple or Google could have done it instead. Our wonderful RFP process at its finest. 500 million dollars for a non functioning website.
What we see here is the development of yet another bull pup to replace the M16/M4 which will then get cancelled in favor of upgrading existing inventory. Even the non bull pups flamed out. SCAR, ACR, HK’s future soldier concept etc.