Airborne Combat Engineer has another extensive post up on this round. Many think that it might be a potential replacement for the current 5.56mm NATO round used by the US military and our NATO allies. Since the early 90s, there has been a fair amount of criticism of the current round, especially when fired from the shorter barrels of M4 carbines.
Now, desk jockeys with spreadsheets on their computers are deciding whether we can afford to go to something better. Meanwhile, Soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are being instructed to place two rounds in the torso to insure adversaries are stopped. Two 5.56mm rounds weigh more than one 7.62 round.
The often-repeated “wisdom” that it’s better to wound an adversary than to stop him from further action (because it ties up 2-3 other people helping him and demoralizes his comrades) is a concept developed by think-tank professors (like the guy who ram-rodded the 5.56mm through) who never had to worry about a guy you just shot continuing to fire back at you, or the guy you shot and moved past finding just enough strength to shoot you in the back.
If you’re following this issue, you must go read this post and keep an eye on ACE.
Just ignore the fact that he’s all over my back for suggesting that the Marines might be better suited to the current military situations than the Army is.