The Marine Corps took a good idea and soiled it with their "patented" copy of the pattern developed by CADPAT. Seriously, globe and anchor camo? The Army then followed that with the rushed through "Universal Camoflage Pattern", and then was forced to come out with a "combat - combat uniform" using the expensive Multicam. Then came the Air Force with their equally bad tiger-stripe UCP. Not to be outdone the Navy had to join the folishness with their utilities, but then acutally made sense with their land pattern.
Replacing two patterns with seven new ones was never going to be cost effective. Now the Army is developing three more to replace it's $5Billion failure. SECDEF and the Joint Chiefs should have squashed this before it got started.
You miss the best part: Multicam was developed by Crye on a Natick contract for the Force 21 systems. It was literally sitting on the shelf, probably in the same building, when they picked out the gawdawful UCP pattern. And, we paid for it to be developed... <sigh>