MSNBC.com front page right now:
On Aug. 3, 2005, the deadliest roadside bomb ever encountered by U.S. troops in Iraq detonated beneath a 26-ton armored personnel carrier, killing 14 Marines and revealing yet another American vulnerability in the struggle against improvised explosive devices.
Whoa. 2005. Folks, these are the latest headlines around.
But the headline treatment, the undated front page picture (which is from the 2005 incident), and the general sensationalism on MSNBC.com aren’t really helpful.
MO noted the 2005 attack at the time and wondered if AAVs were the right vehicle for the mission. Though I continue to wonder, it’s also clear that increasing the size of bombs is a lot easier than upgrading a fleet of vehicles. Not to mention that added lethality of explosively formed penetrators (EFPs) and other upgrades readily available to the upper-tier bomb makers and those getting support from Iran and other outsiders will be able to keep pace with defensive adjustments.