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  • Concrete may just be the most important weapon in modern warfare

    Forget MRAPs, Predator drones or even the M16. Concrete has become the most effective weapon of the modern battlefield, according to one scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute.

    In an essay posted earlier this month and highlighted by Vice’s Motherboard blog this week, former Army Ranger instructor Maj. John Spencer said concrete barriers used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars redefined security and operations in those conflicts, more than any of the other sophisticated technology provided to troops.

    “Many soldiers deployed to Iraq became experts in concrete during their combat tours,” he wrote. “Concrete is as symbolic to their deployments as the weapons they carried. No other weapon or technology has done more to contribute to achieving strategic goals of providing security, protecting populations, establishing stability, and eliminating terrorist threats.”
    http://www.militarytimes.com/article...ncrete-weapons

  • #2
    Concrete? Meh, HESCO Bastion has my vote.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tercio67 View Post
      Concrete? Meh, HESCO Bastion has my vote.
      I was thinking the same thing, when I read it

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      • #4
        Originally posted by tercio67 View Post
        Concrete? Meh, HESCO Bastion has my vote.
        my vote too - simple ideas are always the best

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        • #5
          And sandbags.. let's not forget those. Even though filling them isn't the best memory I have from my soldierdays...

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          • #6
            And foxholes... Ehh.. What's new about all this?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SpecialElite View Post
              And foxholes... Ehh.. What's new about all this?
              I'm pretty sure foxholes are very rare in both Iraq and Afghanistan.. on ours side anyways.

              I don't think there's any news in this, more like a reminder.

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              • #8
                I dug trenches in Afghanistan. Austere gun position.

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                • #9
                  That old saying comes to mind: the rifle is the brother to the shovel!

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