Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Concrete Is The Most Effective Weapon On The Modern Battlefield

Image credit: Spc. Kiyoshi Freeman, US Army

John Spencer, Modern War Institute: The Most Effective Weapon on the Modern Battlefield is Concrete

Ask any Iraq War veteran about Jersey, Alaska, Texas, and Colorado and you will be surprised to get stories not about states, but about concrete barriers. Many soldiers deployed to Iraq became experts in concrete during their combat tours. 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. This was most evident in the complex urban terrain of Baghdad, Iraq. Increasing urbanization and its consequent influence on global patterns of conflict mean that the US military is almost certain to be fighting in cities again in our future wars. Military planners would be derelict in their duty if they allowed the hard-won lessons about concrete learned on Baghdad’s streets to be forgotten.

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Aizino Smith said...

Happiness is a T-barrier.

Hesco's also make one happy. British engineering at work.

Entrances to Baghdadi neighborhoods has checkpoints made up of guards and barriers. It saved many lives. At that point you can just kill the guards and a few other people at the check point. You no longer had supermarket or souk type of kills.

Al Qaeda would kill or wound 80 people at a time by bombing souks. I never heard about any a__f______ liberla group such as Amnesty or Doctors without clues protesting it.

American surgeons did deal with the casualties. Not sure where doctors without clues were.

B.Poster said...


I did know. I thought everyone knew. As such, I never mentioned it.

This is the best site on the internet, in my considered opinion, for geopolitical analysis. I knew something you "never knew."

This will likely never happen again. I shall enjoy this while it lasts as this is fleeting.:-)