In development since 1994, the Crusader weighed sixty tons and would be too heavy for the Army to transport in a timely manner. Moreover, the Crusader was designed to fight a heavy land battle, more likely during the Cold War than the 21st Century. Rather than continuing a system with questionable future relevance, the President reallocated the Crusader’s funds to more advanced technologies including precision guided artillery weapons. The President’s Crusader decision, endorsed by the Congress, represents a real step towards transformation.1