Accession Number : AD1039054


Title :   Getting it Right: The Endurance of Improvised Explosive Device Education in the US Army


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Jun 2016,25 May 2017


Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States


Personal Author(s) : Johnson,Christian R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1039054.pdf


Report Date : 25 May 2017


Pagination or Media Count : 54


Abstract : As the United States seeks to maintain its influence abroad, hostile nations and non-state actors will attempt to leverage the low-cost effectiveness of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to disrupt US military operations. These cheap devices, made from relatively easily acquired components, will enable the continued use of the IED on the modern battlefield. While the US spent billions of dollars to counter this seemingly new IED threat, the devices used in Iraq and Afghanistan were similar in nature and effect to the booby traps used in Vietnam. The Army's failure to retain the institutional knowledge gained from its experiences with booby traps in Vietnam resulted in an initial inability to provide support for the detection and clearance of these devices and targeting of assembly/emplacement networks. Instead, the Army rushed the force management process, specifically within the Engineer Regiment, to refocus its efforts, regrow the skillset, and organize to meet the threat. While the major Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) conflicts close, other powers seek to counter United States dominance with methods that do not involve major combat operations. The use of cheap and easily acquired parts for IEDs will support their continued use. Therefore, a key to success in future conflicts is retaining and institutionalizing the knowledge gained through recent experiences while understanding the evolution of threats.


Descriptors :   explosive devices , improvised explosive devices , EDUCATION , ARMY , THREATS , LESSONS LEARNED , improvised weapons , explosives , military history


Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE