Friday, July 06, 2007

Give Us a Call?

You'd think with the mounting death toll in Afghanistan, that every effort would be made by our Defense Department to explore all ideas concerning the detection of IED's, wouldn't you? Apparently not.


Anonymous said...


Please have faith in our Defense.If they have shown little interest in it
there must be a reason for it. Don't you think that they would do anything to protect our soldiers it would help poblic opion they would jump on the ocation. Have faith !!


scott said...

I first of all hope the Canadian troops in 2009, are sent to the nothern part of the country, to help in building and helping in teaching Police and Army. It is not that we do not defend our soldiers, but it is someone else's turn to take the place of the Canadians in war. It is the War part a lot of us do not like. If the Russians could not do it in 20 years, no one else is going to. It will have to be the people themselves in the end.

Anonymous said...

Hi scott:

First of all Scott the
Russians back then were not
promoting freedom we are a big difference.


Anonymous said...

They're probably waiting for approval and orders from the US.

The Mound of Sound said...

I'm not sure an explosives sniffer would work. There is so much explosive over there, it'd be a simple matter to "salt" any routes we take with trace amounts and leave our people unable to move at all.

The US is feverishly working to find an answer to IEDs. They even have a team from MIT working on it. For all their vast resources, they're coming up with very little. When they do find a counter-technology, the bad guys simply figure a work around.

One of the American magazines had an interview with a bomb-designer working for the Iraqi insurgency. The guy is an engineering PHD. That's all he does is work arounds.

He demonstrated the latest cell-phone jammer used by US forces to block cellular detonation of IEDs. It took this guy one day to get his hands on the technology, examine it and adapt his cheap cellphone so it would still work. The reporter's cell was disabled but not the bombmaker's.

knb said...

M of S, this may be a stupid question, but the problem in this particular small stretch of road, is that they bury the IED's in the gravel roads, so you cannot see it, nor can you detect if the gravel has been disturbed.

Wouldn't a paved road be helpful? At the very least, tarred macadam? I presume the base is temporary and that is why it's gravel, but still.