Editor's corner.As the United States rotates 250,000 troops in and out of Iraq, military planners continue to devise new "force-protection" plans to defend truck convoys against rocket-propelled grenade attacks and roadside bombs. Miles-long convoys of Humvees, wreckers wreckers
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see crock. up with new tactics and, when possible, new technologies to counter these threats. Soldiers, meanwhile, have created their own "skunk works" outfits in the field, strictly focused on hardening vehicles. They bolt armor plates and install machine guns on trucks, among other things. Proposed ways to improve vehicle survivability sur·viv·a·ble
1. Capable of surviving: survivable organisms in a hostile environment.
2. That can be survived: a survivable, but very serious, illness. as well as the challenges of maintaining logistics vehicles in the desert, are some of the topics covered in a story package beginning on page 21.
The Army, meanwhile, has kicked off a new training program aimed at convoy operators. Using digital simulations and other training devices, the Army hopes to better prepare truck drivers and crews to deal with the hostile environment in Iraq. That story starts on page 32.
Since the onset of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and later Iraq, the Defense Department has touted the close cooperation between Special Operations Forces Those Active and Reserve Component forces of the Military Services designated by the Secretary of Defense and specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct and support special operations. Also called SOF. and conventional units as a linchpin in the Pentagon's strategy to wage war against unconventional enemies.
The reality on the ground, however, is that the integration of SOF SOF
sound on film and conventional forces is not always a smooth process, sometimes leading to confusion as to who does what, and who reports to whom. A more structured planning and training process needs to be in place to address the current gaps, according to an award-winning essay by Army Maj. William J. Carty, a student at the Naval Postgraduate School The Naval Postgraduate School is a graduate school operated by the United States Navy. Located in Monterey, California, it grants primarily master's degrees plus some doctoral degrees to its students, who are mostly active duty officers from U.S. and foreign military services. . Excerpts from his piece appear on page 18.
Our cover story this month sheds light on a nascent Air Force program designed to rapidly increase the availability of qualified cargo-aircraft crews that can operate at night. Learning how to fly with night-vision goggles goggles,
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see periocular leukotrichia. gradually has become a prerequisite for airlift units participating in the U.S. war on terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act . A skyrocketing demand for airlift services, particularly in support of U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, prompted the Air Force to expand its night-flying training program, which previously was restricted only to special-warfare units. To read our exclusive report on this program, turn to page 36.