While politicians and generals determine what’s next for Iraqis, recent research raises questions about what’s next for the families of the American soldiers concluding combat operations in Iraq. Combat veterans’ first marriages are 62 percent more likely to end in separation or divorce than other men’s, according to a study led by a Brigham Young University professor. “While the war may be mostly over, its effects on the soldiers who fought it may be just beginning,” said Sven Wilson, an assistant professor of political science. “We found that combat experience is an important risk factor for divorce or separation.”
Using a computer code originally developed for combat simulation, researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are supplying the same expertise that analyzes concepts of operation, technology and training to emergency responders as a part of the Lab’s role in homeland security. The Analytical Conflict and Tactical Simulation (ACATS) is an offshoot of the Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS) that the military uses for training, analysis, mission planning and mission rehearsal. JCATS also has been used to support actual military operations in places such as Panama and the Persian Gulf.