US Vice-President Dick Cheney said Thursday in Washington that military technology played a major role in the Iraqi war.
Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, Cheney said a high-tech revolution helped the US military defeat Iraq's Saddam Hussein by using fewer troops and jet fighters than during the 1991 Gulf War.
Cheney cited unmanned spy planes flying at 65,000 feet (20,000 meters) and real-time computer displays that replaced "maps, grease pencils and radio reports" for field commanders.
Technology advances also included widespread use of lasers for targeting bombs and other weapons and instantaneous availability of air-operations orders, Cheney said.
With less than half of the ground forces and two-thirds of the air assets used 12 years ago in Desert Storm, the United States has "achieved a far more difficult objective in less time and with fewer casualties," said Cheney, who was Defense Secretary in the 1991 Gulf war.
The latest victory was "proof positive of the success of our efforts to transform our military," Cheney said.