Via War News Updates– Another article in the inadequacy of the M4 carbine in Afghanistan.
The U.S. military’s workhorse rifle — used in battle for the last 40 years — is proving less effective in Afghanistan against the Taliban’s more primitive but longer range weapons.
As a result, the U.S. is reevaluating the performance of its standard M-4 rifle and considering a switch to weapons that fire a larger round largely discarded in the 1960s.
The M-4 is an updated version of the M-16, which was designed for close quarters combat in Vietnam. It worked well in Iraq, where much of the fighting was in cities such as Baghdad, Ramadi and Fallujah.
But a U.S. Army study found that the 5.56 mm bullets fired from M-4s don’t retain enough velocity at distances greater than 1,000 feet (300 meters) to kill an adversary. In hilly regions of Afghanistan, NATO and insurgent forces are often 2,000 to 2,500 feet (600-800 meters) apart.
Also at WNU, read his comment on nuclear proliferation and insecurity.
Theo Spark always manages to find something interesting:
Chris Rawley at Information Dissemination has an interesting bit on Distributed Warfare. I think before he dives headlong into support of it, he should realize that for all the talk about it in the Army, there’s a real challenge in making it happen. Few leaders in any organization are willing to let their subordinates have the freedom he’s talking about, and the Navy is probably worse off than the Army. They talk a good game, but with the increase in communications ability, we’ve seen the temptation of the boss to become “the Great Squad Leader in the Sky” often overwhelm the stated doctrine.
I can’t watch this. Maybe you can.
This Ain’t Hell conducts information operations against Jihadis.
Have we linked Jenn lately? No? We hates her because every time we argue in the comments, we lose to her. I’m not linking that. You wanna see me fail, you gotta find it yourself.
Steamboat McGoo shows us that maybe you can go home again, but it ain’t always the same.
Sox wasn’t being very cooperative when I said it was time for catblogging again. Little fink.