IED Defeat Gated Training Strategy: A Holistic Approach to Preparing Units and Soldiers for Combat
ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL FORT LEONARD WOOD MO
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Warfighters and leaders across the United States Army often face the same challenge as they create and execute their directed mission-essential task list DMETL training. Once they receive orders for deployment, their interests quickly adjust to their future operating environment and the threats therein. The most common and lethal threat experienced on today s battlefield is the improvised explosive device IED. Of the 4,865 fallen warriors in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom,1 3,8302 are a result of hostile action, and 2,350 or 61.4 percent are the direct result of an IED.3 Thousands more have been wounded by the devices. These deadly IEDs consist of various types and configurations of explosives, munitions, triggers, and arming and firing methods. However, there is one constant element it took an enemy to design, finance, manufacture, transport, emplace, arm, and sometimes detonate an extremely lethal device against our fellow warriors. The purpose of this article is to furnish leaders and resource providers with a holistic and practical approach to prepare and train Soldiers and units for combat. Specifically, it is meant to provide a methodical approach along the three lines of operation laid out by the Joint IED Defeat Organization JIEDDO,4 which calls for Defeating the device, Attacking the network, and Training the force.
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