28 janvier 2008

Losing less. But still, about 1 a year.

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal this week end showing some weird math: the number of unaccounted soldiers for at conflict's end vs recognized deaths per conflicts over the (recent) past.
I then took the liberty to feed Excel with those figures in the table below.


1945 1953 1975 1991 1991 ?

WW II Korea Vietnam Cold war Gulf Iraq
accounted 405000 37000 58000 28 382 3931
unaccounted 78000 8192 2646 138 1 4
ratio 19.26% 22.14% 4.56% 492.86% 0.26% 0.10%
duration 4 3 11 45 1 5
unacc./y 19500 2730.7 240.5 3.1 1.0 0.8

Years on first line are the conflict's ending year. The two last lines are duration per conflict and unaccounted per year of conflict. Clearly, the US Army is making progress in localization and identification.

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