Accession Number : ADA583347


Title :   Keeping the Dogs in the Fight: What Combatant Commanders Need to Know about MWDs


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT


Personal Author(s) : Babbitt, Sarah S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a583347.pdf


Report Date : 20 May 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 32


Abstract : The growing need to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs) has prompted the resurgence of explosive detection military working dogs in the theater of war, and has furthered the need for an off-leash requirement to increase the standoff distance from an unexploded device to allied patrols in the area. History has provided a plethora of evidence to support continued research in the military working dog community to give Combatant Commanders the ability to have a mission-ready canine force available to counter emerging threats before casualties are incurred. This paper explains why it is necessary, although controversial, to train all DoD explosive detection dogs to the same off-leash standard to best provide Combatant Commanders the ability to protect the joint force. It further explains how differing home-station mission sets and improper program alignment promote interservice rivalry and preclude a joint solution. Finally, it offers a series of recommendations to ensure that the canine community provides combatant commanders the most capable military working dogs in the world.


Descriptors :   *EXPLOSIVES DETECTION , *IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES , *MILITARY COMMANDERS , *MILITARY DOGS , *REQUIREMENTS , *STANDOFF , CASUALTIES , COUNTERMEASURES , COUNTERTERRORISM , HISTORY , JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS , THREATS , TRAINING


Subject Categories : Biology
      Unconventional Warfare
      Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors
      Ammunition and Explosives


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE