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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Soldier Armor: Trade-offs Must Be Made

Thomas Sowell explains that every choice comes at the expense of what was given up. Was the choice ignored a better one? Everything in life has costs because you cannot do everything at once in this world. This is a world of limited resources with alternative uses. While I want the Celtics to win and make the playoffs, their mediocre but not horrible performance means they never get the first draft pick and thus never draft the top star out of college (I mean high school). That makes a championship almost impossible.

Michelle Malkin did the research on something I was wondering recently regarding the claimed increased deaths of soldiers due to inadequate body armor.

I was thinking of that economic principle of trade-offs. Just like high taxes trade off economic growth, like above market minimum wage laws trade off employment of the unskilled, like enjoying a delicious muffin trades off a svelte body, I wondered if the additional armor would actually cause more deaths than it saved by making soldiers less mobile in an activity requiring speed and quickness.

Malkin quotes two soldiers complaining about the already heavy (40lbs.) armor they must wear in desert heat.

Capt. Jamey Turner, 35, of Baton Rouge, La., a commander in the 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment bluntly reminded the Associated Press: "You've got to sacrifice some protection for mobility. If you cover your entire body in ceramic plates, you're just not going to be able to move."

Second Lt. Josh Suthoff, 23, of Jefferson City, Mo., said: "I'd go out with less body armor if I could."

Another soldier has blogged:

" ... Too much weight means a soldier moves slower, tires more easily, [maneuvers] less stealthily and spends more time feeling sorry for himself instead of focusing on the mission. And then there's the bulkiness that becomes an issue as you move through tight space and wedge into the seats of military vehicles that were not designed with comfort and/or legroom in mind. All these tradeoffs must be addressed before you make the decision to add armor, it must be determined that the armor will be effective, and then it must be designed in a way that minimizes impact on our ability to do our job."

He must think like an economist. He mentioned trade-offs.

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