my arguments for military control of the design aspects of its own weapon systems can be summed up in two firearms:
The M9 is a good example of weapons being produced overseas by the lowest bidder (Beretta in this case)and putting our soldiers in danger needlessly(see "Controversy" in the article)
The M16 is an example of a firearm that had not gone through sufficient testing to ensure field reliability, which is STILL an issue with this rifle nearly 50 years after it was first produced in 1960, thus once again costing our servicemen their lives in every conflict from Vietnam to Iraq. Notably, it was the first general issue rifle not initially refined and produced at the Springfield Armory.
Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein. -Friedrich Nietzsche, Jenseits von Gut und Böse