TV News LIES

Saturday, Aug 27th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News War Pentagon spends billions to fight roadside bombs, with little success

Pentagon spends billions to fight roadside bombs, with little success

E-mail Print PDF
Billions spent on IED's with no successIn February 2006, with roadside bombs killing more and more American soldiers in Iraq, the Pentagon created an agency to defeat the deadly threat and tasked a retired four-star general to run it.

Five years later, the agency has ballooned into a 1,900-employee behemoth and has spent nearly $17 billion on hundreds of initiatives. Yet the technologies it's developed have failed to significantly improve U.S. soldiers' ability to detect unexploded roadside bombs and have never been able to find them at long distances. Indeed, the best detectors remain the low-tech methods: trained dogs, local handlers and soldiers themselves.

A review by the Center for Public Integrity and McClatchy of government reports and interviews with auditors, investigators and congressional staffers show that the agency — the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization — also violated its own accounting rules and hasn't properly evaluated its initiatives to keep mistakes from being repeated.

Meanwhile, roadside bombs remain the single worst killer of soldiers as more U.S. forces have been transferred out of Iraq and into Afghanistan. Known in military parlance as improvised explosive devices, the crude, often-homemade bombs killed 368 coalition troops in Afghanistan last year, by far the highest annual total since 2001, when the U.S.-led war there began, according to icasualties.org, which tracks military casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.



Most Recent Related Stories...


IED kills U.S. service member in Helmand province, Afghanistan

IED kills US servicemanAn improvised explosive device killed a U.S. service member on patrol Tuesday in Helmand province, Afghanistan,...

'Drones playbook' shows key role played by White House staff in deadly strikes

Dones playlistThe White House staff for national security, exempt from review by Congress, plays a substantial role...

U.S. Ramps Up Airstrikes in Libya

US ramp up air strikes in LibyaThe United States ramped up its air campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Libya over...

UNHCR: 3,000 fleeing Iraqis seized by ISIL

Fleeing IraqisFighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have reportedly captured up to...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!