06/26/2012 12:10 pm ET

How The U.S. Army Blew $5 BIllion Trying To 'Look Cooler Than The Marines'

After eight years and billions of dollars, the Army has given up on an ambitious effort to clothe its soldiers in a "universal camouflage pattern." The grey uniform, widely issued and widely loathed, was supposed to blend in equally well in all environments, from desert sand to green forest to city streets. It just didn't.

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