Tuesday, August 09, 2005

IEDs Stump US Forces

Random bombings in Iraq have caused about three-fourths of the US casualties there. Can new technology like radiofrequency jammers keep them from going off? What about detection devices for finding them before they explode? The solutions provided in the field so far are just not getting the job done, regardless of any happy talk from industry contractors.

At recent conferences in Washington, DC, officers back from the front note that improvised explosive devices, as the bombs are called, are easily made and don't involve much high technology. Furthermore, the bombers are seemingly diabolical in their tactics, always adjusting their methods when they see patterns in the way patrols are conducted, houses are searched, etc.

For more on this, see "Shutting the Bomb Factory."

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