When a vehicle patrol heads out for another task in Afghanistan, the vehicle crew and it's mounted occupants rarely know when and where the next threat will come from. Will the next contact be a pressure plate or remote controlled IED? Will the enemy use shaped charges such as RPGs or will the threat be hidden in the form of a legacy mine? Then there are the complexities of vehicle requirements. Much has been made about vehicle protection but what about a holistic approach to survivability and how will manoeuvrability be affected? The dilemma: Can we develop a vehicle with both IED level and traditional protection combined with cold war manoeuvrability?