Wednesday, November 02, 2016

4 myths about combat vehicles, debunked by Lt. Gen. McMaster

via US
Combat vehicles have a limited role in restricted environments and dense urban areas.
"That neglects our history," McMaster said. During tank battles in dense forests with sloping terrain during World War II, both the U.S. and the Germans used armored vehicles to support their infantries to great effect, he said.
In the early years of the Vietnam War, it was thought that the jungles were too dense to allow combat vehicles. But one of the first things the U.S. did there, he said, was call for armored vehicles to support infantry and mobile formations.
Those formations, supported by armor, were "the most flexible in Vietnam" and were key to winning a number of battles, McMaster added. More recently, armored vehicles were used in the very dense urban areas of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip and Sadr City, Iraq.
When it comes to enemy forces using civilian populations as shields, armored vehicles, "allow you to take more risk to get closer to that enemy … and to use precision firepower," he said.
Read it won't be disappointed.  I find this curious.  Is the Army having a battle of "cartels"?  I knew that the "Global Response Force" mafia was making a big push, but it seems like the Armored Community is fighting back.

Additionally it seems like they have a major advocate (God!  McMaster's still chafes) with stars to push the agenda.

Marine Corps Ground Combat Element needs an advocate.  That was once the job of the Commandant and it was thought that the Wing needed a voice. Things have changed though.  These days the Commandant and his Deputy speak for the Wing.  The GCE is the orphan.

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