The comments thread has a great discussion about the LAV and there is a link to a fascinating series of article on the benefits of the LAV. I must admit to having had my doubts about the LAV choice but based on the enthusiastic endorsement of American Stryker outfits in Iraq it seems to be the right choice for New Zealand.
There is also a link to The Thunder Run which is an account of the US military run into Baghdad when they deposed Saddam and how close run things were. A missile took out Brigade communications and resupply problems came dangerously close to leaving the 975 soldiers who pushed into Baghdad dangerously short of ammunition and fuel.
A few links there for the military enthusiasts with time amongst our readers.