Can you guarentee that hand to hand combat will never happen again? That our troops will NEVER run out of ammo? Supplies will always be delivered in a timely manner? Enemy action will never interfere with said supply deliveries? That the enemy will so inept so as to never successfully infiltrate lines at night and be detected before they can engage troops in fighting positions? That the days of the 10-15-20 mile march is over? No infantryman(woman) will be expected to carry more than a 40 pound load? And that the enemy will NEVER outnumber a unit they could become engaged with? Can you guarentee these criteria. There are more but I figure this is good for a start.<quoted text>
Ooooo!!! Close and personal combat? Just like in the movie "The Alamo" with John Wayne?
When was the last time a US soldier was killed in close combat?
When was the last time a US soldier lost an arm or a leg to a bayonette attack?
That is my point. The face of modern warefare has changed - a lot. And it is changing faster than technology can keep up. The enemy is no longer a Japanese soldier with a bayonette on the end of his Chinese-made rifle. It's a Taliban rebel driving a boatload of manure in the trunk of a Yugo. Even ST6 landed within 200 yeards of Bin Laden's home - not much of a run up the side of a mountain.
Technology is paving the way so close combat is a thing of the past. Sure the soldier has to be in physically great shape - no doubt. But the days of seeing the whites in their eyes is over.
What did you do in the military Daddy?