Improvised Explosive Devices: Booklet of Related Readings 20: Prepared by the Federal Research Divisions, Library of Congress under an Interagency Agreement with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organizations   [open pdf - 616KB]

"This booklet represents the second in a series of compilations of print and electronic articles that are relevant to the defeat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that insurgent and terrorist operatives use to kill and injure U.S. military forces and civilian populations. The readings are related to IED technology, social networks that may provide insight into how insurgent groups communicate and relate to their members, and other technical and cultural phenomena that will help the Joint Improvised Explosive Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) meet its mission. The first section of the booklet contains abstracts of the articles included in the booklet in alphabetical order by author and title. The abstracts are hyperlinked to the article itself located later in the booklet. At the end of each article is a hot link to the original article on the Internet. Information of particular relevance is highlighted in yellow." Articles included in the booklet cover the following topics: Al-Qaeda is facing leadership control issues in the field, backpack straps can reduce fine motor control and blood flow, clip-on wind and solar chargers for mobile devices, potential terrorist use of geospatial information on the internet, behavior detection effective for the Transportation Security Administration, Henry Kissinger's "The Three Revolutions" article about challenges to US national security policy, expected Taliban spring offensive in the Khyber Pass, Google partnering with the UN to map regions in conflict, terahertz devices can be used for explosive detection, Shi'a community divisions, use of remote control cars to catch car thieves, terrorist wannabes, description of the last days of a suicide bomber.

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