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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, February 12, 2007

IED Defeat Manual

Nearly every nightly national news broadcast has at least one story about improvised explosive devices (IED) in Iraq. IEDs are not new, but they have received much more news coverage during the Iraq engagement.

In September 2005 the US Army and the US Marine Corps jointly published an interim field manual titled "Improvised Explosive Device Defeat". The link to the manual was obtained from the Federation of American Scientists which redacted approximately 98 pages out of 144 to protect some of the manual's more sensitive information. The 44 remaining pages still do a good job discussing IEDs and the philosophy and practice of defeating them.