Sustaining Eleven Years of Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Relevancy for Tomorrow's War
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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Since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom and continuing through Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, U.S. forces have been plagued by a weapon that is simplistic, inexpensive, and effective known as the improvised explosive device lED. Counter-lED ClEO has thus been a major focus ever since. This focus has evolved so much that in 2006 the Joint lED Defeat Organization JIEDDO was established to address the lED issue, which has been the greatest cause of U.S. casualties since the start of the Global War on Terror. There are critics that argue that money is being thrown at the problem and the focus solely on ClEO is not the answer, but rather a subset of battle. Those same critics believe that the time has come for the Marine Corps to focus on its foundation of expeditionary warfare. And their desires may come to fruition as U.S. forces have already withdrawn from Iraq, will soon be withdrawing from Afghanistan, and will shift its focus to the Pacific Theater. Despite this however, through creative alternatives and adjusting budget priorities the DoD can effectively sustain and improve its ClED capabilities which will undoubtedly be necessary for future global conflicts.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Ammunition and Explosives