Defence Briefing— Global


Marines are told to get some real muscle, shark-skin technology for subs, China joins the international effort to tackle piracy, and new RPG protection for vehicles.

Disaster, Military, Submarines

Wrong-shaped soldiers


US soldiers and marines are known for working hard on their biceps and six-packs. But apparently all that effort has been in vain (except perhaps when strutting their stuff on the beach). The muscles they have been growing are not the right ones.

What they really need in today’s battlefields “isn’t big arms”, says George Solhan, a senior director at the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Expeditionary Manoeuvre Warfare and Combating Terrorism department. The “core” muscles around the hips and back are…


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