Armor materials are remarkable: Able to stop multiple
hits and save lives, they are essential to our military capability
in the current conflicts. But as threats have increased,
armor systems have become heavier, creating a huge burden
for the warfighter and even for combat vehicles.
Rockets, artillery, and mortars (RAM) have been mainstays of the world’s
military forces for hundreds of years. Historical approaches against RAM can
be grouped as either purely defensive (e.g., taking cover in foxholes, bunkers,
or armored vehicles) or offensive (e.g., attacking the launchers and guns). The
U.S. military’s approach to countering these weapons has primarily been one of
counterbattery fire, which is consistent with traditional offensive strategies of
taking the fight to the enemy....