Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan Drove Developments in Body, Vehicle Armor

John M. Doyle

The challenges of counter insurgency and unconventional warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan have sparked innovation in armor development for both individuals and vehicles over the past decade. Roadside bombs, known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs), were the biggest source of U.S. casualties in Iraq until 2007 when then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates declared that getting heavily armored, blast resistant vehicles to Iraq and Afghanistan was the Pentagon's highest equipment priority. Before...
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