"Heavy Armor Played an Important Role"
(See N. Friedman, p. 6, June 2003 Proceedings)
Lieutenant Colonel Martin McCleary, U.S. Army (Retired)—I believe that the final chapter on armor as we know it is a long way from being written. As a fairly recently retired Army armor officer, I know that several tons of depleted uranium armor provide a pretty good insurance policy when intelligence fails and the rounds start flying. Armor has a shock value that can only be imagined by those who have never been around tanks. It's absolutely awesome. The current sirens of the Army Objective Force and transformation power point briefings would have us believe that intelligence will be near-perfect and allow us to shed our armor in favor of information. A good friend of mine calls this "knowing the enemy to death." The jury is still out on this concept, so let us not be too hasty to discard what works—and clearly wins in the close fight.
"Should Marines 'Join' Special Operations Command?"
(See H. Parks, p. 4, May 2003; B. Brunn, p. 14, June 2003 Proceedings)