Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 59 “A vehicle for the Summer”

The Arab-Israeli conflict features prominently in media outlets and fiction. This does not mean everything has been said. Lately, an Israeli tv show, Fauda, has been attracting attention for less judgemental on who’s right and who’s wrong.

This is not because Israel’s problems with Hamas are over. Recently, senior Israeli military officers made clear that Iran, often portrayed as enemy # 1, is not the first on the list. Together with risks of renewed conflict with Hamas, even the border with Lebanon is a key concern.

The dissolution of the Iraqi Army is a further element of destabilization in this picture, as it potentially opens space for IS action in the region. According to Barry Posen, it is now time to acknowledge that IS has vast capabilities that are not matched by Iraqi Army and that a containment strategy should be devised with other ethnic and religious groups to which the US should offer support.

Perhaps you are preparing for an adventurous summer, and you might want to drive through deserts, jungles, and mountains. The US Army has similar problems and the final decision on the future joint light tactical vehicles (JTLV) is approaching. Oshkosh, AM General, and Lockheed Martin are in the competition.

If you are in a more aggressive mood, plans are also under way for the future fighting vehicle (FFV).




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