After much hemming and hawing, the Army’s M1A2 tank is headed for Ukraine. Much of the information that appeared in public media explaining why the Pentagon was not eager to send it exaggerated the logistical and training challenges associated with sharing the world’s most formidable combat vehicle. Abrams is a technological marvel, by far the best main battle tank ever fielded–thanks in part to continuous upgrades since the Cold War ended. However, the upgrades need to continue, because new threats are appearing on the battlefield and new technological options are becoming available. By integrating an active defense system, hybrid-electric engine and unmanned turret, Abrams can be made more mobile, survivable and lethal. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
Find Archived Articles: