Countering Improvised Explosive Devices
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON DC
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We have no greater responsibility than providing for the safety and security for our citizens, allies , and partners, while providing an economic environment that promotes opportunity and prosperity. The use of improvised explosive devices IEDs threatens these interests by killing, injuring, and intimidating citizens and political leaders around the world, inflicting damage on U.S. forces on the battlefield, and disrupting transportation and the flow of commerce . The terrorists and criminals responsible for these attacks are resilient, technologically adept, and adaptable. They employ the most recent and successful tactics, techniques, and procedures gained from experience in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. The use of IEDs worldwide has increased in recent years, with the number of attacks exceeding 4,000 in 2011. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the first World Trade Center attack. We have come a long way since that time. Our capabilities to counter IEDs have evolved and grown. In issuing this policy statement, I recognize the important achievements to date and establish our priorities for the future in countering the threat. We must not become complacent, but must continue to challenge ourselves and each other to be more effective against these threats as we work together to reach our shared national interests of safety, security, and prosperity.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Ammunition and Explosives