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The trusty tank comes under fire: Critics doubt its worth in asymmetrical conflicts

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Can we bank on the tank? In an age of Pentagon budget austerity, it is common to play down the need for armored, tracked vehicles. Top Army officials, including Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, have said the military has more than enough. And many military strategists predict that future warfare will involve smaller forces, meaning that the threat of large-scale tank battles is remote. “The...

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