In 17 years of fighting in Afghanistan, the maximum range of the U.S. Army’s artillery batteries never seemed like a problem. If a ground unit needing indirect fire support drifted beyond the range of the nearest artillery battery, the soldiers could simply summon air support by fighters or bombers, which roamed over the country’s airspace with near-impunity.  Those assumptions are still relevant in Afghanistan but, the Army insists, in few other operational theaters. The ...

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