Volume 86 Issue 38 | pp. 64-66
Issue Date: September 22, 2008

Stopping The Bombs

JIEDDO moves fast to get technology to the field to stop improvised explosive devices
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Homeland Security

IN THE IRAQI CONFLICT, almost half the casualties suffered by coalition forces are caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). In Afghanistan, IEDs cause about 30% of the casualties. The rapid increase in the use of this tactic, beginning around 2003, made finding ways to defeat IEDs a top priority for the Department of Defense.

Building on a successful program started by the Army, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization was established by then-secretary . . .

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