Putting Mattis in charge of the MCCDC seemed, at the time, a way to infuse a hidebound procurement agency with new energy.
The Marine Corps science and technology division that Gayl had officially lambasted in 2004 was part of the MCCDC, and the briefing he gave to Mattis, newly installed as its leader, was not well received, Gayl recalls.
The ones who get promoted are the ones who get the gear out there regardless of whether it's right," a lieutenant colonel who worked at the MCCDC told me.
What happened, it appears, is during the spring of 2005, staff from the MCCDC and other Marines met to discuss McGriff's request.
It has not escaped the inspector general's notice, meanwhile, that the official who reported those footnotes to the NCIS was formerly General Mattis's chief civilian aide at the MCCDC, the staffer who oversaw the 2005 briefing that Gayl claimed to the press and Congress had hobbled the original MRAP requests.