Saturday, September 29, 2012

IEDs Will Remain ‘Weapon Of Choice’ For Decades Against U.S. Soldiers

Congress Told IEDs Will Remain ‘Weapon Of Choice’ For Decades -- Defence Talk

Improvised explosive devices and the networks that use these asymmetric weapons, will remain an enduring threat to U.S. forces and the nation for decades to come, the Defense Department’s top counter-IED official told lawmakers, Sept. 20.

“The IED (improvised explosive device) is the weapon of choice for threat networks because they are cheap, made from readily available off-the-shelf components, easy to construct, lethal and accurate,” said Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, Joint IED Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO, director, during testimony to the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on Defense Thursday.

This trend is apparent in Afghanistan, where IED events continue to rise, Barbero said.

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My Comment: The stats outlined in this post makes for some sober reading.

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