Defeating the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Other Asymmetric Threats: Today's Efforts and Tomorrow's Requirements, Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, September 16, 2008 [open pdf - 1MB]
From the opening statement of Vic Snyder: "The reason we are here today is that the IED [Improvised Explosive Device] remains the number one cause of casualties to the coalition and the forces in Iraq. More than half of the U.S. deaths due to enemy action have been the result of IEDs. Although IEDs are not a new threat, they have been used with unprecedented frequency in Iraq, and are on the rise in Afghanistan. They promise to be a weapon of choice for a long time, potentially, into the future, around the world. Since former Central Command (CENTCOM) commander, General Abizaid, called for a Manhattan Project-like effort five years ago to defeat IEDs, Congress has provided nearly $14 billion to the Department of Defense's (DOD) efforts. This effort has grown from a 12-man Army task force to the Joint IED Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO, which currently employs a staff of about 3,600 government, military and contract personnel. We have two primary questions today: How is JIEDDO doing against the threat? And, second, what should be the future of JIEDDO? JIEDDO's mission is to defeat the IED as a weapon of strategic influence, so today's hearing will provide an opportunity to hear how the organization is doing in this critical and difficult mission, and how we measure success in this fight." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: W. Todd Akin, Vic Snyder, William Beasley, Bradley M. Berkson, Jason K. Kamiya, Tom Matthews, and Thomas F. Metz.
H.A.S.C. No. 110-173; House Armed Services Committee No. 110-173
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