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1999年10月AUSAの昼食会にて時の米陸軍参謀長エリック=シンセキ大将は演説を行った。陸軍の変革・再編・革新の道程標となる出来事であった。
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出典 army times
URL http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1817611.php
原題 brams still relevant in urban warfare, say top brass
日時 2006年5月22日
筆者 Gina Cavallaro、Times staff writer
他掲載媒体 不明
発信地 ケンタッキー州Fort Knox
内容
先週の水曜日、フォートノックスで開かれたシンポジウムでの講演の中で陸軍副参謀総長Richard Cody大将(Gen.)は戦車およそ400両、ブラッドレー600両以上、ストライカー300両以上がイラクにあると語った。

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先週陸軍指導者らが語ったところによると、機甲部隊(armor community)は活発で快調であり都市戦場においても70トンのエイブラムスの将来は明るい、軍がますますより軽量でより機動力のある車両(platform)へ向かいつつある中にあってもそうであるとのことだ。

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“Without tanks, we don’t have combined arms,” said Gen. B.B. Bell, commanding general of Eighth U.S. Army Korea, who spoke to a packed auditorium Thursday during this year’s Armor Warfighting Symposium about tank successes on the Iraq battlefield.


Bell emphasized the tank’s important role in a complicated fight, pointing to its decades-old lethality, ability to adapt to open terrain and urban settings, the survivability factor for crews, and the fact that a heavy-armor task force can be deployed in as little as 96 hours.

“Pick a war. We never stayed out of the city. This war is like the others. We went into the city, and we need people to know that this vehicle is deployable and survivable in any environment. I’m committed to it. I will be a strong advocate,” said Bell, the highest ranking armor officer in the Army

In Iraq today, there are about 400 tanks, more than 600 Bradleys and more than 300 Strykers, said Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Richard Cody, who addressed the conference last Wednesday.

“The tank is still a direct-fire weapon system that has great relevance, same as the Bradley, same as the Stryker,” Cody said.

Emphasizing continuing efforts to modernize and modularize the forces, Cody gave a quick review of the advances made to the force since the beginning of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he acknowledged, the Army was ill-prepared for modern combat. It was under-equipped, under-trained and generally in a poor state of maintenance, he said.

Since then, soldiers have been better equipped for personal protection and provided more modern communications capabilities as the Army accelerated long-standing transformation plans.

The future force will be a mix of current and future capabilities and the tank will be part of that, said Col. Larry Hollingsworth, Heavy Brigade Combat Team project manager.

“There’s a significant psychological event when you see that tank pull into an intersection with that main gun.”

Two years ago, the Army planned to halt production of tanks and Bradleys in 2005-2006 and shift investment to the Future Combat Systems, said Lt. Col. Michael Flanagan.

But “the current operation has validated the relevance of [the Abrams]. It’s firepower, maneuver and shock effect, that’s what the tank is all about.”
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