No Silver-Bullets for IEDs
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Improvised explosive devices IEDs are not new. The counter-IED fight really started for the Marine Corps on October 23, 1983, when 220 Marines, 18 sailors, and 3 soldiers were killed during the bombing of the barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Many other IED attacks have occurred since then, but the counter-IED fight did not really begin in earnest until after the initial invasion of Iraq. IED warfare is highly effective because it is always evolving. Unfortunately, as a result of this rapid evolution, technological solutions are simply always a step behind the enemy tactics, techniques, procedures, and equipment used to build and employ IEDs. Counter-IED is a problem that cannot be solved with technology alone. The current policy of buying technology as a silver bullet solution to the IED problem will yield only marginal results unless a major shift in the counter-IED mindset and approach occurs. IEDs are a problem that will continue to plague U.S. forces until IEDs are no longer a viable form of warfare for the terrorist. Technology has a role to play, but it is the successful, coordinated integration of technology along all five functional areas of counter-IED that will provide a comprehensive solution to the challenge posed by IEDs prevention capturing or killing emplacers, trigger-men, bomb makers, and other members of IED cells detection combining surveillance techniques with technology to determine the location of IEDs neutralization render safe or destroy encountered IEDs protection use of electronic warfare to prevent detonation rather than just relying on advanced armor like MRAP to mitigate the effects of an IED and training.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Ammunition and Explosives