BATTLEFIELD BANDWIDTH CRUNCH An American soldier in Afghanistan had access to 322 times more network bandwidth than a Gulf War grunt had. But despite the added capacity, troops are facing a bandwidth crunch, and need to practice network "appetite suppression" if they want to continue to communicate effectively, Air Force Space Command chief Gen. Lance Lord told writers recently.Lord hopes to get around this bottleneck by using lasers, rather than radios, to transmit communications. But that's years away. For the moment, it's belt-tightening time.

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