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Tango0129 Dec 2018 1:02 p.m. PST

"Technology was supposed to be the solution. Instead, it added to the problem.

In this era of computerized conflict, dominated by cyberwarfare, laser weapons, and piloting drones from halfway around the world, it can be easy to overlook the importance of a soldier's own muscle power. Despite the relentless march of technology—and in some ways, because of it—soldiers on the march are carrying more weight on their backs than ever before, even going back to the days of swords and armor.

What the heck happened? Over the last decade, hyped technologies such as robotic mules and wearable exoskeletons promised to free up soldiers from hauling so much gear. Instead, the demands of the modern battlefield only increased the load….."
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Sir Walter Rlyeh31 Dec 2018 11:26 a.m. PST

Oh, equipment! I thought you were talking about the fact that an average size American male now ways 195.7 pounds.

I myself am 20 pounds heavier than I was when I got out of Infantry training at Fort Benning when I was 17. Of course, I am now 52.

Tango0131 Dec 2018 11:43 a.m. PST



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