What Was New and Different About the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

IEDs and suicide bombers
Random rocket and mortar attacks
Year-long unit deployments
Real-time communication with friends and family back home
Social media and blogs
Women in uniform
Married couples in theater
General Order #1
Fallen Soldier walls
Noncombatants, rules of engagement, nation-building, counterinsurgency, host-nation forces
FOBs and COPs
Body armor, eye protection, night vision devices, improved first-aid kits, laser aiming devices, assault packs, Camelbacks, Army Combat Helmets
Combat application tourniquets
Nasopharyngeal airway tubes
Combat weapon slings
Personal Locator Beacons
Stack formations, room clearance drills
Entry Control Points
Storyboards
BUBs
Battlefield Circulation
Contractors
Up-armored Humvees, MRAPs, Cougars, TCs, gunners, guys in back
National Guard unit deployments
Ranger task forces
Navy and Air Force embedded in ground units
Deserts
Mid-tour leaves
Interpreters
UAVs, drones, Ravens
FLIR imaging systems
mIRC tactical chat
Blue Force Tracker
Signal intelligence and surveillance
Personal computers
Other Government Agencies
High Value Targets
Personal Security Detachments
Key Leader Engagements
Kuwait and Kyrgyzstan
Jersey barriers, HESCOs
Bottled water
Sports and energy drinks
Wilms and Chigo HVAC systems
B-huts
Gators
Concrete bunkers
Gravel

(or only relatively new, but more widespread and with added emphasis and urgency than in past wars)

((on the lookout for representations of any and all of the above in art, film, and literature))

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B-hut with Chigos, surrounded by gravel, FOB Lightning, Gardez, Afghanistan

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Hesco barriers, FOB Lightning, Gardez, Afghanistan

Wilms HVAC system, FOB Lightning, Gardez, Afghanistan

Wilms HVAC system, FOB Lightning, Gardez, Afghanistan

Bottled water, FOB Lightning, Gardez, Afghanistan.

Bottled water, FOB Lightning, Gardez, Afghanistan

Fallen Heroes Wall, FOB Lightning, Gardez, Afghanistan

Fallen Heroes Wall, FOB Lightning, Gardez, Afghanistan

Cougars, Camp Clark, Afghanistan

Cougars, Camp Clark, Khowst, Afghanistan

IED, Khowst, Afghanistan

IED, Khowst, Afghanistan

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