Monday Winds of War team member Jeff of Peace Like a River notes combat casualties since January 7, 2006, where Humvees were specified as being involved. Note how many involve IEDs, which the Hummer is structurally ill-equipped to cope with.
Winds of Change.NET's Friday article "Hummer Deathtraps Suck" argues that the Hummer has become a flawed design that no longer has a relevant battlefield role anywhere outside of low threat zones (where it is overly expensive and could be replaced by cheaper alternatives). The US military isn't putting a priority on replacing its Hummers with very similar but more survivable vehicles, even though such vehicles are already on the market, proven, and serving successfully with allied forces and even some specialist branches of the US military.
This needs to change.
- Wash Park Prophet's The Humvee Problem is another fine recap and article. Adds a bit more history.
- Murdoc notes that the US military is looking at about 11 off the shelf vehicles as potential replacements, including most of the vehicles mentioned in my article. But Airborne Combat Engineer, who has been on this issue for a while, notes the key statement that sums up the problem with a quote: "Whether or not the Army decides there’s a requirement here is not determined at this point. And whether or not this goes into an acquisition process has not been determined." Can somebody please get their head out of their ass and determine it, since we're only 3 years into the battle for Iraq where IEDs are enemy #1?