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"City limits" Continued...

Issue: "Global shame," June 15, 2002

Armed forces even now are proving their adaptability on the battlefield against 21st-century pirates. Information transported to a fighter crew via floppy disk during the Gulf War is now downloaded straight to the cockpit and can be updated minute by minute. Targeting may come from the screen or a lone spotter on the ground.

Combat experience is providing soldiers daily opportunities to extemporize. U.S. Special Forces Sgt. Matt Linehart took to the hills in Afghanistan on a horse with a wooden saddle, packing a satellite phone, GPS receiver, laser designator, night-vision goggles, and an M-16. He called in repeated rounds of successful airstrikes and then called in a list of resupplies: ammo, oats, Vaseline-and a leather saddle.

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