Saturday, January 14, 2006

Sir Lancelot we're not

Andrew Exum pens an op-ed for the NYT and sees a disconnect of a tactical nature between civilians and the military concerning body armour. Many troops feel too immobile and weighted down by heavier protection, preferring not to have more of it. Key quote:

"We don't want a medieval knight," Maj. Gen. Stephen M. Speakes, the director of force development for the Army, said this week. "We are not going to be hoisted onto a horse."

Exum sees the homefront calls for more armour as sincere and well-meaning, but if fretted over too much, taking all eyes, the military's included, off the ultimate prize, victory.

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