Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Whenever there's trouble, they're there on the double.

Dogs beat machines at detecting IEDs - By Tom Ricks | The Best Defense:

Image via Foreign Policy

There are some serious lessons to be learned from the more than $15 billion (that's a B, fellas) the Pentagon spent on its effort to defeat IEDs technologically. But it turns out that the two most dependable ways to counter the roadside bombs are both warm-blooded. The first is the dog, to detect bombs planted. The second is putting soldiers who have a bit of Arabic out in an outpost in a neighborhood for weeks at a time and protecting people sufficiently that they feel safe pointing out to soldiers who is planting the bombs or where they are.
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