Today, an article of mine appeared in AOL Defense, a promising new online publication founded just last month but helmed by the eminently savvy Colin Clark, formerly the driving force of the must-read website DoD Buzz. The story is essentially a reported editorial arguing in favor of a struggling Army program called the Ground Combat Vehicle. While the piece doesn’t quote directly from my oral history interviews, it draws heavily on them and on my decade of covering the Army’s agonies trying to develop new armored fighting vehicles:
The Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle program may be running aground before it can even sign a development contract. And that’s a tragedy. A decade of casualties from improvised roadside bombs – simple weapons easily replicated by any future enemy – has shown that what the U.S. military needs most is the very thing the Ground Combat Vehicle is supposed to provide: a better-protected way to move our troops around war zones that are only going to get more lethal.
Click here to see the full story, exclusively at AOL Defense.
And click below for some relevant past articles of mine from the National Journal archives:
Army Tries Again For A New Tank: the value of heavy armor in counterinsurgency – August 7, 2010
The Army Looks Beyond Afghanistan: lessons ofAfghanistan andIraq for Army modernization – December 12, 2009
The Military’s New Hybrid Warriors: waging war while winning hearts and minds – March 14, 2009
Army Struggles Toward Goal Of Wi-Fi Infantry: advanced battlefield communications – September 20, 2008
Commuting to War: why tactics, not armor, made Humvees vulnerable – March 24, 2007
Future Tank: lessons of Iraq for modernizing armored vehicles – September 16, 2006
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