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There's a half-billion dollars invested in the gear hanging off the heads, chests and backs of the soldiers of Alpha company. Digital maps displayed on helmet-mounted eyepieces show the position of all the men in the unit as they surround a block of concrete buildings and launch their attacks.
But as the men kick in doors, roundsup terror suspects and peal off automatic fire in deafening six-shot bursts, not one of the soldiers bothers to check his radio or look into the eyepiece to find his buddies on the electronic maps. "It's just a bunch of stuff we don't use, taking the place of useful stuff like guns," says Sgt. James Young, who leads a team of four M-240 machine-gunners perched on a balcony during this training exercise at Fort Lewis, Wash. "It makes you a slower, heavier target."
I point the M-4 across the lot at a row of rental cars. I wait — and wait — for the enhanced gunsight to focus. It responds more like a cheap digital camera than an advanced piece of military gear. At this speed, the sight would be nearly useless in fast-moving urban combat.
The map showing soldiers' locations isn't exactly quick, either. I walk around the lot. My position on the map lags about a minute behind where I am in real time. That kind of delay wouldn't be too important in a long-range duel of sharpshooters. But in an Iraq-style firefight it could be lethal. "There are still a lot of glitches," admits Alpha company's Lt. John Gelineau.
Originally posted by Morkoc96
I feel it would be better to just equip the squad leaders or top 2 guys with this...
I think this article just goes to highlight what a fraud and a waste of money these high-tech programs really are. These do nothing to make troops' lives easier and make the losses of individual soldiers that much more costly. The death of ten guerrilla warriors is not as costly to the insurgents as a single U.S. soldier is to us.
Originally posted by StellarX
you could have saved hundreds of thousands of American lives and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives who do not become subject to retaliation due to the loss of American lives.
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
First off, Land Warrior is dead as of May 2007. Concepts and technologies left over from that project are now in the Future Force Warrior program.
I think this article just goes to highlight what a fraud and a waste of money these high-tech programs really are.
These do nothing to make troops' lives easier and make the losses of individual soldiers that much more costly.
The death of ten guerrilla warriors is not as costly to the insurgents as a single U.S. soldier is to us.
It is definitely time for the entire U.S. military to rethink its military doctrine and theory.
It has fallen into a technocratic spell and has forgotten that warfare is still a matter of making a bang and converting it into political decision.
Believe it all you want, but wars cannot be effectively and efficiently fought with small numbers of professional soldiers geared with high-tech systems and weaponry.
Wars are won by militaries that have the best (not the most) training and abundant economic and financial backing. Unless there's a massive budget availiable and the technology is entrenched in civilian society, the Future Force program is impossible to achieve.
Originally posted by Morkoc96
Uh? If your referring to the war in Iraq we haven't lost hundreds of thousands of people. In fact not even five thousand people.