21st Century Mine Warfare
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom have required Marine Corps forces to contend with repeated attacks from improvised explosive devices IED. These devices have been perceived as a new threat that has caught the American military unprepared. To respond to the threat, ground commanders believed that the explosive ordinance disposal EOD community was the only viable option. This solution however, has proven insufficient due to the small number of EOD technicians. It also overlooks the similarity of IEDs to land mines in their composition and employment. Combat engineers are the members of the Marine Air Ground Task Force MAGTF primed to conduct countermine operations. Rather than overburdening the EOD community, combat engineers must be utilized for combating the threat of IEDs because their mission, doctrine, and task organization best support these types of operations.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Ammunition and Explosives