The war is over and Dan Sharps is doing a body count. In a thicket of pinyon and juniper trees, something big and violent has cleared a path. Dan Sharps as a tack. Photo: David Mayfield. "Lost arm," Sharps says, gesturing toward one tree clipped of a big branch. "Lost leg," he says, pointing to another. Straight ahead lay the splinters of what was a large pinyon -- a hearty tree but not when stomped on by an Army tank. "I'd pretty much call that one a fatality," Sharps pronounces. At the Army's Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in southern Colorado, …
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David Mayfield has written about business, technology, and the military as a staff writer for the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. He's currently on leave from the newspaper as a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.