Nobody believed Ripley. Burked only took a shot in the dark just to see if she was legit or not.
They still went in with Smart guns and nukes though...
Smart guns would just be the future equivalent of the automatic rifleman. In the Army only two people per squad used to carry automatic rifles, and that would've been your saw gunner, as the M4s used to be only semi auto.
Presently most frontline units have m4a1, so technically everybody has full auto capability, but the SAW and the Smartgun would have higher rates of fires, and with the bipod/tripod the m249 uses and the chest harness the smartgun uses, they would be able to control those higher rates of fires better than the standard rifleman would with the m4a1............and the m41a.
Nukes all seemed to be under lock and key aboard the Sulaco.
With a green man in charge.
Would you raid a nuclear powerplant with bullets, or not leave a secondary team somewhere else?
Doesn't seem very clever.
Marines are there to shoot stuff. Since absolutely no Marine picked up the fact that they were under big fusion reactors, I think it is safe to assume they aren't any smarter in the future than they are right now.
The failure comes from Gorman not immediately calling his troops back and redistributing proper ammo and weapons. And as RD said way back in the day, typically you would have a final ORP to do any last minute change to plans.............but that is getting pretty technical for a movie.
I wonder if Kimarhi ever had a CO like Gorman.
Most of my CO's were former enlisted first. Typically this is a good thing because they've already done what you have done as an enlisted soldier and can relate to what you are doing. They are also usually tactically more proficient. But you still get those guys who are only in it for the promotions and are just using their CO time at the company level to proceed to battalion.
I've only had one XO (became CO after I left) I thought gave the slightest damn about his soldiers and that was way back in the FA days.