Accession Number:

AD0867404

Title:

Mine, Booby-Trap, Tripwire and Tunnel Detection

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

BEHAVIOR SYSTEMS INC RALEIGH NC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1970-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

75.0

Abstract:

Reports from the field indicated that German Shepherd scout dogs had been observed to alert on mines, tripwires and other man-made artificts. The purpose of the present program was to explore the feasibility of training such animals specifically to the tasks of detecting minetripwires and tunnels, by means of techniques that were sufficiently objective to permit instruction of military handlers in their use. A six month feasibility study was conducted . Procedures and practices derived from the formal study of animal behavior were used throughout the progam. Because of the success of the first phase of the problem, a second six months of work was initiated with the objective of training an army scout dog platoon for the capability of minetripwire and tunnel detection. The platoon was judged ready and deployed to Vietnam April 20, 1969. An additional 3 month program was undertaken to study the feasibility of cross-training tunnel and personnel detection dogs. The results of this work were ambiguous.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE