Okay, after reading your response and pondering it for a while I will try and reply to your reply, so here goes:
1) Somethings do take 10 + years to make and put out. I won't go into detail on everything but for example, the development between the MCI's and the first run MRE's, that took quite awhile. As far as we know with the MORE rations it looks like they might still be in the development phase. And "yes' it might take a lot of money thrown at the problem just to find out it was something simple in the first place. And you have to remember that there are other funded projects that will take prescendence over rations and food development..
Again, I will have to respectfully disagree.
"The government" may have felt (for decades now) that 10 plus years to solve the most basic of operational problems (when did the first tanks make it to Afghanistan?) is acceptable.
The government is now (and has been for quite some time)...for all intents and purposes... 'broke'.
Creating multi-year 'developmental programs' out of a simple and urgent need to procur a few additional items which don't even need to be developed or researched (should have been already)... has suddenly become just plain 'un'acceptable in the fiscal and multi-front problems that we presently face.
Treesuit wrote:"...2) As far as I can tell and read in a lot of technical reports, after action reports and journal articles there are no servicemembers suffering or complaining about the level of food they get. Other than soldiers complaining that they have to eat an MRE instead of a five course gourmet meal, they are going to complain about something, it's human nature. If you re-read the PPT slides again you'll see the requests came from the SOF, SOCOM, and the Special Forces Community that Natick Labs come up with something to supplement the MRE's at dry, cold elevations because the 3 MRE's a day weren't cutting it and the operators working at those high altitudes were needing something in addition..."
I guess that I simply find the first and last statement above to be in conflict with each other.
Treesuit wrote:"...Also I can't find any so called "ineptness" that somebody suffered while having a MRE. The only "ineptness" I found is how the politicians are running the war. Is that what your refering to?..."
We've been fighting at high altitude and pouring millions into food related research surrounding same for over 10 years now...yet are still in the 'development phase' to acquire 'over-the-counter' items (of all things) to 'try' and finally get the job done right for those up there suffering every one of those 3,650 days or more. Politicians don't often witness such ineptness in person and I can't imagine anybody else doing so either without saying something about it publicly.
Treesuit wrote:"...3) As far as research goes that would include a wide range of foods that can be quickly added. Well, I think Natick Labs already did that with the FSR and it worked okay. What sort of "Superfood" would you like and where can I get it?..."
If they have already researched all of these foods that can quickly be added (or should have the first time)...and there truly 'is' no superfood up and coming (my original point)...why does it take two MORE years to add something that they have absolutely no shame in describing as 'over-the-counter' in nature (and that they are in dire need of...today?).
Again, I hope that I am respectfully disagreeing here and actually respect your opinion on the matter more than my own since you've obviously had more experience in this area.
What I can't fathom is that this appears to be yet another government agency creating 'career' projects out of the simplest of problems (ie. adding a few more calories to most likely hundreds of millions in research dollars previously spent)...while trying to picture our SF guy up on that mountaintop 'still' not getting what he needs every single day.