By Alexander Gale It’s 3:30 a.m. and your patrol is rumbling forward off-road at a steady pace.  The column is silent, except for the low, constant hum of the vehicles crawling forward.  The silence is punctured by a sudden crash.  You briefly see the vehicle ahead of you flip over and roll into a ditch.  At best, no one has been hurt and you’ll be sitting ducks until the convoy can get moving again.  At...

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By Alexander Gale In the opening years of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) it became increasingly clear that the well-worn and iconic High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) was not suited to the rigors of counterinsurgency combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In order to counter the HMMWV’s inherent vulnerability to improvised explosive devices (IEDs) – frequently the weapon of...

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Article Written by Alex Gale on behalf of Convergent3D As US forces look increasingly set to withdraw from Overseas Contingency Operations (OCOs), the balance between fatalities and injuries suffered in combat versus in training is beginning to shift with greater emphasis on the latter.  The Trump Administration’s deal with the Taliban has set the stage for a complete withdrawal of US personnel in Afghanistan after nearly two decades...

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Article Written by Alex Gale on behalf of Convergent3D For armed forces personnel, operating wheeled and tracked vehicles is a daily and often mundane reality of military life, but it can also be a dangerous one.  Statistics from the Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) indicate that between 2006-2018, 31.9 % of all active-duty military deaths were caused by accidents.  A significant number of these deaths involved vehicles and in...

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Article Written by Alex Gale on behalf of Convergent3D Imagine this scenario.  You’re the vehicle commander in an armored reconnaissance vehicle and today you have been tasked with leading your team during another training exercise.  It’s early morning and the sun hasn’t yet risen.  Visibility is poor, but you have opted for an off-road route to minimize the chances of detection by the enemy.  The ground is uneven and steep, and the...

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Tactical Vehicle Rollover Accidents are becoming an increasingly visible risk to US Soldiers and Marines. These incidents are usually reported when there is the addition of a tragedy. These accidents make the news because of the serious injury or death of a servicemember. In these cases many of the costs are very obvious. The loss of life resulting in a grieving family, and a military unit stunned to silence from the death of a...

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