Technological Weenie Approach Fails to Protect US Troops in Iraq From Roadside Bombs
May 31, 2007 (LPAC)- Since its inception in 2004, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) has been trying to develop technological solutions to the problem of roadside bombs in Iraq. However, the technological weenie approach, reminiscent of the utopian concepts of Donald Rumsfeld and Newt Gingrich, has so far been a total failure.
Three students at the Joint Forces Staff College wrote in a paper dated March 13, 2007, that by focusing on research and development, testing and fielding the elusive silver bullet to defeat IEDs, the JIEDDO is too reliant on technology to defeat an adaptive enemy who quickly learns how to overcome our latest countermeasures. The result has been that, despite the expenditure of over $6 billion, IEDs are killing and wounding more U.S. soldiers and Marines in Iraq than ever before. In the past two months, according to a May 23 report in the Christian Science Monitor , 83 percent of US casualties were accounted for by IEDs, and the last two months have been the deadliest two month period for US troops in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003.