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March 20, 2004

Round peg, square hole

Tom Barnett writes:

Meanwhile, Army force planners, who spent the 1990s dreaming of a big-time shoot out with the fabled “near-peer competitor,” are steering the big bucks toward such heavyweights as the Stryker fighting vehicle (19 tons with heavy armor) and the much-anticipated Future Combat System, which will replace our current 70-ton battle tank sometime around 2010. How many of these behemoths does the Army need in the Global War on Terror? Tough to say, unless you see the occupation of Iraq as a far more likely scenario than massive armored column battles. The Army went into the Iraq occupation stating they need just over 300 armored Humvees for the job. Right now the latest estimate sits somewhere north of 10,000.

March 20, 2004 at 07:51 AM | Permalink


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