That's doctrine. Iraq is a non-doctrinal battlefield (so is Afghanistan and so was Somalia). Who cares what it was intended for-the real question is: what is it being used for? Buy the vehicle with steel plate and ballistic glass so that it resists small arms fire. If a better alternative exists (i.e. the South African vehicle with the v shaped hull) buy it instead. GIs are suffering because the HMMWV is a POS.
A Stryker vehicle with 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, provides security while other soldiers conduct an area reconnaissance mission through the town of Rawah, in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, March 16, 2006, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew D. Young
M1127 Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle