Magazine article National Defense

Troops Fashion Makeshift Counter-IED Tool

Magazine article National Defense

Troops Fashion Makeshift Counter-IED Tool

Article excerpt

There's nothing a little duct tape and a steel blade can't fix.

Improvised explosive devices have left Pentagon officials scratching their heads for a decade. They have enlisted the help of countless scientists and even created a whole new bureaucracy in the name of defeating roadside bombs.

But leave it to those on the battlefield to take a less expensive approach to the problem. Marines and soldiers recently discovered that a pole used to install cable and wiring could be combined with a steel hook crafted locally in Afghanistan to form a new counter-IED tool.

The poles come in lengths up to 26 feet and are made by CMD Cable Management Division and sold through CableOrganizer.com. More than 100 of these fiberglass tools have now been sold to armed forces for locating homemade bombs, digging them up and slicing their wires.

About 50 of the poles were first ordered and shipped to Afghanistan in 2009. …

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