Pentagon (AP) The marine corps has asked the pentagon's inspector general to examine a nearly two-year delay in sending blast resistant vehicles to Iraq. A critic charges the delay resulted in hundreds of casualties.
A spokesman for the corps, Colonel David Lapan, says the seriousness of the allegations about the delays prompted the request for an I-G investigation.
In an internal report released last month, Franz Gayl, a civilian marine corps official, says cost was a driving factor in the decision to turn down a 2005 ``urgent'' request from battlefield commanders for the so-called MRAPS.
The report says funding the vehicles, which cost as much as one million-dollars each posed a threat to other vehicle programs still in development.