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IED Campaign in the U.S. Homeland: Are U.S. Military EOD Units Prepared to Respond

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Technical Report

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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The United States faces an increasing threat from a variety of terror groups. These groups have shown intent to utilize improvised explosive devices IED in their attacks. Advancements in information technology give terrorists access to encrypted communications and information on IED device construction and methods. The threat of an organized IED campaign in the Continental United States is credible. U.S. military explosive ordnance disposal EOD units regularly support civil authorities for isolated incidents in the United States as part of a defense support to civil authorities mission. However, EOD units have not had to integrate into a civil authority task force for a widespread, protracted response like an IED campaign. This study examines threat analysis, law, doctrine, policy and strategy, and common practice through an analytical framework of DOTMLPF Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership, Personnel, and Facilities to assess the readiness of military EOD units to integrate into a civil task force to command and control military EOD teams. Research showed units are mostly prepared for this scenario. Minor improvements in the doctrine, training, and leadership and education could improve readiness.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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