Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization: DOD's Fight Against IEDs Today and Tomorrow   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The end of major combat operations in Iraq in 2003 was merely the beginning of a different fight, a fight in which an unconventional weapon has had a deadly impact on conventional forces. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has proven to be the number one threat to Coalition Forces in Iraq and now in Afghanistan. Its use is spreading. In response to this relatively cheap and somewhat unsophisticated killer, the Department of Defense (DOD) has invested billions of dollars and established a large organization with one goal: to defeat IEDs. The Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) has had some success in this mission, but the use of IEDs persists. Because of the resources invested in JIEDDO and the urgency of its charge, it is important to assess the entity as it stands today and consider its role for the future. Therefore, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations conducted this study to answer two questions: (1) Is JIEDDO winning the Counter-IED (C-IED) fight in Iraq and Afghanistan? and (2) What is the Department's longterm plan for JIEDDO and for addressing other asymmetric threats? [...]. This report examines these and other issues surrounding JIEDDO. The Subcommittee offers findings and recommendations to the Department of Defense as it continues its battle to protect service members from IEDs--the number one combat killer in Iraq and Afghanistan."

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