With the live coverage of the war in Ukraine from media all around the world, it is easy to run into photos or videos of Russian tanks. In Ukraine, Russia’s main battle tank (MBT) is the T-72, but they also deployed some T-80s and some T-90s. By carefully looking at these units, it can be noticed that Russian, but also Ukrainian tanks are equipped with small blocks all around their armour. These blocks are an additional defensive armour, which serves the purpose to protect the tank and its crew from anti-tank weapons. This additional armour is called Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA).
The US Army, in lieu of conscription, must compete for recruits on the labour market like any other employer. However, the US labour market is increasingly competitive. Although the US Army is not precisely waging a ‘war for talent’ – a catch-phrase often used by senior Army leaders – the Army is undoubtedly engaged in a struggle against corporate America in its search for qualified and motivated recruits.
On November 8, 2021, Breaking Defense reported that the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s C5ISR Centre released a new ‘pntOS’, a software allowing for posi-tioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) sensors that enable multi-domain operations and interop-erability under the complete range of threat conditions found in rapidly changing hostile envi-ronments among land forces.