Yeah, I found that article while searching the internets and posted it up on GRU. It makes sense to me and seems semi-legit. I've also heard some interesting tidbits and suggestions like
-increasing recoil (Spartans can handle guns a whole lot better than an ODST)
-it takes a whole squad to take down one elite
-the possibility of putting ODSTs into current matchmaking maps
I don't see why it would take a whole squad of ODSTs to take down an Elite, no matter who's using it, a gun's a gun, if it takes 4 bursts from the Chief's BR to kill an Elite, it'll take 4 bursts from the new guy's BR to kill an Elite.
Unless you're referring to the "Plasma weapons melt stuff and the dudes who use them are 7ft tall dinosaurs with power armor and steroids" issue. Then yeah, I see what you mean.