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What’s cooler than a Stryker armored fighting vehicle with a 30mm cannon? How about a Stryker with a 40mm cannon?

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Photo via DoD

After enjoying years of the Air Force dominating the skies in the fight against the Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, the Army is beefing up its short-range missile-defense capabilities to counter the rockets, missiles, and weaponized drones that are increasingly becoming staples of foreign arsenals. And while the return of active-duty maneuver SHORAD battalions for the first time since the end of the Cold War is part of Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley’s strategic emphasis on a “combined arms, multi-domain capable” Army, the tactical implications are far more appealing: a bunch of new, explosive toys to play with.

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U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky

On July 24, 2007, a convoy of Bradley fighting vehicles with 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, were conducting reconnaissance operations in Maderiyah, Iraq, when they came to a fork in the road.

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