The capabilities of the U.S. military vastly expanded in the years after the Vietnam War. The technologies developed between the Vietnam War and the Middle Eastern conflicts has allowed for greater American strategies
American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer discussed the upcoming American Legion Magazine and some of the stories within, including the anniversary of Operation Desert Storm and a long awaited electronic record keeping program.
Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm
Stoffer began by previewing an article written about the 30-year anniversary of Operation Desert Storm.
He said this conflict was unlike any other because of the technology being used by the U.S. Newly developed GPS technology allowed for more remote strategizing, as leaders could plan routes and complete other strategic plans without having to map out areas by foot.
Additionally, the American weaponry had evolved since the last U.S. conflict in Vietnam. The U.S. developed defense technologies that had not been seen on the battlefield and had not really gone through much testing. Most notably were missiles that were used to intercept and destroy enemy missiles before they could reach their target.
Stoffer also said this conflict was historic because it was fairly cheap and involved a large group of American allies, something that would become a plan for future conflicts.
Medical record keeping for current personnel and veterans
Stoffer said an electronic health record database for current service members and veterans has been in the works for decades, and it is finally gaining steam.
For years, the medical records of U.S. military personnel and veterans were susceptible to being lost, damaged or destroyed, as they were all paper records. He said developing an online database will make it harder to lose records and will make it easier for veterans to apply for various benefits, as they will have their records available.