March 24, 2017

Defense One: The D Brief

By Lauren Fish

Source: Defense One

Journalist(s) Ben Watson, Bradley Peniston

And now for something completely different: exosuits and their impact on gender integration in the military. Lauren Fish of the Center for New American Security shared her thoughts in a tweetstorm Thursday. Some excerpts: “For over 100 years, recommended weight carried was ~1/3 of body weight. British and German interwar research argued for those limits. Early 2000s U.S. military research does as well (consistently ~50 lbs). For reference, the average male Marine weighs ~170 lbs., and females: ~130 lbs. That calculates out to 56 and 43 lbs. Since the mid-20th century, weight carried has exploded. These weights exceeded 80 to 100 lbs. or more in the last 15 years of war.”

Read the full article at Defense One.

  • Lauren Fish

    Research Associate, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

    Lauren Fish is a Research Associate with the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program and Future of Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Pri...