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Infantry Armor

Infantry Armor

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A foundational look at the direction in which infantry combat is headed, leading to my document on power armor. A combatant needs to take as much protection as he can into battle, and the stronger the combatant, the more protection is capable of carrying. Combat personnel need to be subdivided further than some bare minimum, and have roles assigned according to how much protection and firepower they can carry, deploy, and use, and how much physical strength that they have, both endurance and explosive power..
A foundational look at the direction in which infantry combat is headed, leading to my document on power armor. A combatant needs to take as much protection as he can into battle, and the stronger the combatant, the more protection is capable of carrying. Combat personnel need to be subdivided further than some bare minimum, and have roles assigned according to how much protection and firepower they can carry, deploy, and use, and how much physical strength that they have, both endurance and explosive power..

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Asymmetrical Warfare Traditionally, warfare has been, to the Western mind, a clash of two near-equallymatched foes fighting according to a set of rules that both sides, for the most part,agree on. This mode of warfare is almost never what is presently practiced.For the most part, the more developed countries have forsaken open warfare andinstead focused their efforts on economic development, warfare using treaties,economics, and corporate, white-collar espionage.Asymmetrical warfare is what goes on, for the most part, these days.Examples of asymmetrical warfare are, but not limited to:
 Terrorism
Insurgent warfare
Ethnic cleansing
Mass murder
Prison/extermination camps
Random violence against civilians
Kidnapping
 Theft
CorruptionAs the developed nations increase their technology lead over the less-developednations, they become more likely to suffer from asymmetrical warfare, and lesslikely to be faced in open conflict, because that is a fairly sure route to defeat.Fighting tanks with assault rifles does not work very well.Warfare, defined as one party attempting to enforce its will on another party, has tohave three components to exist:
Motivation
Personnel
Means
An enemyWithout motivation, there is no war, only idle people with unused abilities.Without personnel, there is no war, only an empty cause with no one to fight for it.Without a means to attack damage, there is no war, only hostile intent.Without an enemy, there is only impotent, frustrated rage with nowhere at which todirect it.Every day, we war on some scale and on some level. We are hungry, so we eat,enforcing our will (being sated) on our appetite. We are motivated by hunger, andfood is our means to defeat that same enemy.We bathe. Enemy: lack of hygiene. Motivation: cleanliness. Personnel: usuallyourselves. Means: Water and soap.
 
Our lives are always working at enforcing our will on something. Men are better thanwomen, generally, and designed and equipped that way, to enforce their wills onthe inanimate world around us. Since this almost always works better as a team,men are more adept at getting together in team-oriented groups to overcomeobstacles.Women are designed to interface with other people more, and less with thesurrounding, inanimate world, thus women are adept at operating alone, and lesslikely to team up, wear uniforms, and do things in unison with other women.Women admire men who team up with other men to gain success in the materialworld. “Every woman loves a man in uniform.” The uniform denotes acceptance in,and active participation in, a team.Men admire women who are able to cooperate with them, on an individual basis,and come alongside them and help them, providing things that other men do not.Such as romance, love, affection, and a home life.Men’s publications often deal with activities and things to acquire and use (even if this includes women), while women’s publications often deal with relationships andpeople with which to interact and influence. These are generalizations, and no one is necessarily locked into one particular rolestereotype. Were I in combat, I would rather be there with a woman who wassupposed to be there than with a man who wasn’t. To continue, warfare, in this case, that involves combat by force of arms, is the topicon which I am going to focus, specifically asymmetrical warfare, what it is, who itinvolves, what their motivations are, and what are their means.Asymmetrical warfare has been going on since the dawn of man.Without supernatural intervention, it is generally not the case that the morenumerically superior force is overcome by the numerically inferior force. This didhappen time and again in the history of Israel as recorded in the Old Testament.With the help of almighty God, Israel defeated her enemies, sometimes withouteven touching them.Presently, there are conflicts in several countries in the world, most notably Iraq andAfghanistan. In these theaters, the coalition forces are facing an enemy that doesnot have the same resources as they do.How do they fight? What is their motivation? What is their enemy?For the most part, their enemy, in general terms, is anyone who does not bow theknee to whatever particular sect of Islam they practice, Sunni, Shi’a, Taliban, AlQuaeda, all with one common enemy: anyone who is not like them.Seeing their enemy as a corrupt, sexually perverted purveyor of filth, which thewestern world has largely become, in their eyes, provides plenty of motivation for
 
them to attack these unbelieving defilers of Islamic land. Many of them regard it tobe their right and duty to use any and all means possible. “All’s fair in love and war.” This leads to a type of conflict wherein the enemy is regarded as subhuman scum,unworthy of being treated with any form of honor by the practitioners thereof. Sinceto face the better-equipped enemy in open conflict guarantees swift defeat, otheremeans are used. Examples:
IED’s improvised explosive devices
Insurgent warfare: traps, mines, hit-and-run tactics
Blending in with the citizenry until and after an attack
Hiding among and behind the citizenry to avoid attack and providepropaganda against the coalition forces in the event of any injuries to thosewho are labeled non-combatants
Attacking the police
Infiltrating the police, government, and any other positions of trust and/orauthority
Propaganda designed to leverage public opinion against their foes
Intimidation of the local populace to force them to conform to their wishesunder threat of violence
Recruiting of orphan boys using friendship, fellowship, teaching of theirversion of their religion, then convincing them to join the fight against thesub-human scum enemy, promising instant paradise to those who are killedin the Jihad, or holy war, against them.Meanwhile, the Western media portrays the Jihadis as corrupt, murdering, sexuallyperverted filth. Both sides have their story to tell, and what the motivations are fortheir side and the other side. Both sides will emphasize the crimes, real orimagined, of the other side, while emphasizing the heroics and virtue of their ownside. This treatise is not designed to pass judgment on either side. My aim is to examinethe technology used by the more technologically advanced side, and to presentproblems and solutions. Specifically, the focus is on the foot soldier and what he canhave or do to become not only more effective, but more survivable, with fewerinjuries, less severe injuries, and far fewer fatalities.For reference, I have used the document found athttp://dspace.dsto.defence.gov.au/dspace/bitstream/1947/3690/1/DSTO-TN-0510.pdf With my other studies of lethal and non-lethal injuries, I have found some trendsthat can be redressed by applying presently-available technology more effectively.
Page 7: Chapter 7: Discussion and ConclusionThere is a need to consider the head as a high priority area for protection. InVietnamwounds to the head were more likely to be fatal than wounds to any other part of the body (White, 1969). In both Northern Ireland and Lebanon the head was very susceptibleto

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