Designing the Next Infantry Fighting Vehicle  (Originally Published in INFANTRY Magazine, July-August, 1996)  -  Greg Pickell, CPT, US Army Reserve

This study began as a tactical requirements analysis, and drew considerable inspiration from the work done by the Israelis, who had already reached similar conclusions.  It should come as no surprise that the U.S. Army systematically ignored the vulnerability of U.S. troops riding in unarmored vehicles until the 2003 Iraq War forced them to pay attention.  Saddled with vehicles that proved vulnerable to all manner of low-tech threats, the Army initially resorted to makeshift solutions like the 'birdcages' used on the Stryker wheeled armored personnel carriers (see photo below).  Eventually, the Army succeeded in fielding a number of highly effective platforms for use in this type of fighting.