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Why the U.S. Army Needs Armor

The Case for a Balanced Force

Authors: Chris McKinney, Mark Elfendahl, and H.R. McMaster
May/June 2013
Foreign Affairs


Ever since World War II, the United States has depended on armored forces -- forces equipped with tanks and other protected vehicles -- to wage its wars. General Omar Bradley, the senior field commander of the U.S. ground forces that conquered Nazi Germany, noted in his official after-action report that tank warfare, especially when combined with airpower, proved essential in defeating the Wehrmacht.

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