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The Pentagon Takes a new look at IEDs

"We are just beginning to get set in Afghanistan ... in doing everything that we can" says Ashton Carter, the Defense Department's chief weapons buyer. He said, because the country is so remote and lacks infrastructure, stopping roadside bombs there is much more difficult that it was in Iraq. Carter and General Jay Paxton Jr. are heading up a new task force to figure out how to deal with improvised explosive devices. A taskforce to do just that is already at work, but appears to have fallen victim to bureaucracy.

Tags: technology , Pentagon , Afghanistan , DoD , Iraq

Tuesday - 11/24/2009, 11:04am EST

IED attacks

The use of homemade bombs extends well beyond Afghanistan and Iraq, making the weapons a global problem that requires an international solution, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday. The According to the Associated Press, Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz told Congress there have been more than 3,500 incidents around the world involving improvised explosive devices in the past year and the number is growing. "Violent extremists will continue to wage conflict against human targets and the weapon of choice will continue to be the IED," he said at a hearing held by the House Armed Services oversight and investigations subcommittee. The definition of an incident in this case includes IEDs that have exploded, failed to work, or were found and cleared. Metz, who heads the Pentagon office tasked with countering IEDs, also said his organization is working to improve its operations and how it coordinates with the military services to ensure troops in the field have the best technology and training to counter the makeshift bombs.

Tags: technology , Pentagon , Afghanistan , Iraq

Friday - 10/30/2009, 07:51pm EDT

Secret FBI files and safer Toyotas

Brian Todd can be seen on the Situation Room weekdays at 4pm and 7pm on CNN.

Tags: tech , mngt , FBI , Toyota , NASA ,

Wednesday - 03/31/2010, 05:37pm EDT

Inspired by Edison

You can actually thank Thomas Edison for suggesting the idea for the Naval Research Laboratory, located on the banks of the Potomac in southwest DC. The NRL has been instrumental in the development of radar, sonar, nuclear subs, early satellite technology, and even lightweight body armor to protect against IEDs. The NRL is also involved in pure scientific research that won't find practical application until well into the future.

Tags: management , Armed Forces Report , Thomas Edison , nuclear

Monday - 08/24/2009, 01:27pm EDT