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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2018 9:11 p.m. PST

"The Army has had no fewer than three major pushes in the past 15 years to upgrade soldier technology to state-of-the-art, but senior leaders are hoping that with the advent of Army Futures Command, this time they'll finally get it right.

The Army needs new weapons, new night-vision and new protective systems to keep any edge over the competition, the head of Training and Doctrine Command said Wednesday at AUSA's Global Force Symposium.

"U.S. close-combat soldiers, and Marines, in our squads and platoons do not over-match our enemies," Gen. Stephen Townsend said. "Our adversaries have access to weapons and tech that can enable them to close the gap with our forces."…."
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Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2018 7:10 a.m. PST

"Losing their edge" implies that they had a greater over-match in close combat in the past. Is there any evidence that this is true?

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member30 Mar 2018 10:07 a.m. PST

I think in all but the rarest circumstances, drones, smart bombs, body armor, night vision etc gave them a considerable edge, or certainly should have in most circumstances.

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2018 3:54 p.m. PST

Yes, of course. But how do we pay for it?

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2018 4:58 p.m. PST

You pay now, or you pay later. Paying later usually is in blood and for much more than if you had paid earlier.

Personal logo Whirlwind Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2018 6:39 p.m. PST

I think in all but the rarest circumstances, drones, smart bombs, body armor, night vision etc gave them a considerable edge, or certainly should have in most circumstances.

Yes. So I can't help feeling that a very marginally better set of SAW, carbine and NVGs is going to restore over-match, if they aren't considered to have it already.

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