Combat Armor

  • Deploying soldiers test new female body armor prototype


    Lightening Body Armor

    Soldiers serving in Afghanistan regularly marched carrying more than 100 pounds of arms and equipment. Approximately one third of that burden is body armor. How can the weight of body armor be reduced without risking the lives of the soldiers it protects?

    Jan 1, 2014

  • Spc. Luke Anderson is fatigued after marching six miles in full combat gear with body armor, a 50-pound rucksack and a basic load of ammunition for his weapon. On this day, he also carried the heavier weapon, the M249 SAW.


    Lightening Body Armor

    The body armor that U.S. forces wear in Afghanistan is effective against ballistic threats, but it is heavy in weight and makes up a large portion of the load that soldiers and marines carry on patrol and into combat.

    Mar 7, 2012

  • Report

    Observations on Recent Trends in Armored Forces

    Militaries from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Denmark, and Israel all see a role for heavy forces, including tanks, in irregular warfare and hybrid warfare environments because they reduce operational risk, minimize friendly casualties, and provide an intimidation factor against adversaries.

    Jun 14, 2010

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    In the Middle of the Fight: An Assessment of Medium-Armored Forces in Past Military Operations

    This monograph presents a qualitative assessment of the performance of medium-armored forces in 13 past conflicts that span the range of military operations. The accompanying analysis is designed to help inform U.S. Army decisions about fielding medium-armored forces in the future. The case histories yielded three major insights.

    Nov 2, 2008

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    Examining the Army's Future Warrior: Force-on-Force Simulation of Candidate Technologies

    Explores and assesses selected technology options for future dismounted soldiers that could improve mission effectiveness and reduce casualties.

    Aug 15, 2004