Every day we see images from Iraq and Afganistan, and we're often filtered by distance from the the jobs our men and women in uniform do in service to our country. Last night on 60 minutes, something really caught my eye in the images from Afganistan.
In the early days of American expansion, the US Army built numerous forts out of locally available materials with lookout posts in the corners. Seeing the same basic shaped square compound with lookout posts in the corner made out of rocks, concrete and steel sure reminded me of the old forts that remain and have been rebuilt in the American west. I guess the original design was good for outpost construction then, and there isn't a lot of improvement in basic design needed.
Modern warfare has sure changed in a lot of other ways from the days of old however...
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the following three links are worth over 70,000 of them. If you have a dial up internet connection, it may take some time to load the pictures on the following three links, but I hope you will agree that it's time well spent.