The U.S. Army has been very hush-hush about its decision to replace its Universal Camouflage Pattern with Scorpion, a pattern the service has owned since 2002. But details are slipping out. My story on Military.com today talks about how the improved version -- Scorpion W2-- looks virtually the same as MultiCam.
Caleb Crye, the owner of Crye Precision, developed the original Scorpion pattern for the Army's Future Force warrior program. Then he made some changes to help it perform better and trademarked it as MultiCam.
It will be interesting to see whether Crye thinks the new Scorpion W2 looks too similar to MultiCam. It would nice if the Army didn't have to phase out the $3 billion worth of MultiCam uniforms and equipment it has purchased so far for Afghanistan.
Wouldn't that be a waste of taxpayer money? But I'm sure Army uniform officials are too smart to let that happen.