Accession Number:

ADA496246

Title:

Tools of War

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE (CJTF)-7 BAGHDAD (IRAQ)

Report Date:

2004-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

Successful future operations depend on lessons learned from previous operations. This implies incremental improvements and review of each process. Tracking explosive hazards during Operation Iraqi Freedom is an example of improving operations by using lessons learned from Operation Desert Storm and the stability missions in Bosnia and Kosovo. Minefields and unexploded ordnance UXO are battlefield hazards that remain long after combat operations have ceased. Tracking explosive hazards continuously throughout operations over an area the size of California is extremely important. Equally significant is the establishment of a system to disseminate this information to subordinate commands daily. The system used by the Coalition Forces Land Component Command CFLCC engineer staff section C7 was the Tactical Minefield Database TMFDB System prototype, which gave engineers a way to track and disseminate explosive hazards information on the battlefield. Using the TMFDB, the CFLCC tracked the location of all air and ground cluster munitions, as well as new and previously recorded minefields. The CFLCC emplaced no minefields during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Cartography and Aerial Photography
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE