Hey, I wasn't trying to stir the pot, just thinking of logistics and costs and political implications.
We bring ourselves closer to dependance on the Russians with every arms order and other Anon's are screaming to assert ourselves against being a Russian puppet; Using a NATO/STANAG platform/cartridge keeps us away from the teet of the Russians.
Using a non-aligned nation like Israel is a great path for us. Hell, even Swiss SiGs, Finnish Sako's and Valmets, even Brazilian platforms/license-produced platforms (FAL returns to the Dark Continent perhaps?)
Our education level is that of early American high school; yes, a dipshit freshman could operate an AK platform relatively easily but why use multiple platforms for an assault rifle and confuse them...
Battlefield logistics played into my decision as well. We're facing American-backed forces and there is the possibility of them using the 556 and STANAG mags; captured ammo and mags is not a negative.
On a related note, out ammunition plant already produces 556; more rounds produced equals less cost per unit. As for the 556 not having a punch- point taken but 75/77/90 grain rounds are available. Let our domestic tech grow in working out a dmr round for the STAR platform for a cartridge we already are tooled u for. I present the MK12, M16A4, M16 SAM-R as evidence of platforms that use the heavier rounds; they've found great success in sending many to their Maker. 500 yds is not an issue for 556.
Overall, the initial cost will be high, but the benefits in terms of training, domestic logistics, battlefield logistics, domestic tech, and political independence will be greater over the long run. Eventually the higher initial costs will be erased as the longer term benefits are reaped.
This is my first time posting in /tg/; lurked a long time on the board and these threads. Just trying to help and contriboot.