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White House Policy on Countering IEDs

White House Policy on Countering IEDs

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FEBRUARY 26, 2013
COUNTERINGIMPROVISEDEXPLOSIVE DEVICES
 
C
OUNTERING
I
MPROVISED
E
XPLOSIVE
D
EVICES
 
Strengthening U.S. Policy
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) remain one of the most accessible weapons available toterrorists and criminals to damage critical infrastructure and inflict casualties, as wasdemonstrated in the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 on December 25, 2009,the October 2010 air cargo plot, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The tactics used in IEDattacks continue to evolve as our adversaries seek to overcome countermeasures. ThisAdministration is expanding and broadening its counter-IED focus, building upon existing policyand strategy, which establish and implement measures to discover, prevent, protect against,respond to, recover from, and mitigate IED attacks and their consequences at home or abroad.We will enhance our effectiveness by:
 
Leveraging, Integrating, and Aligning United States Government Efforts
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The United StatesGovernment uses its military, law enforcement, diplomatic, regulatory, intelligence, andfinancial tools to counter IEDs globally. By actively and responsibly coordinating effortsacross departments and agencies, we can increase our effectiveness against IED threatswhile making the best use of existing capabilities and resources.
 
Enhancing Our Focus on Protecting American Lives.
IED attacks threaten American lives athome and abroad. Overseas, we are working with partner nations to reduce the IED threatto members of our military and diplomatic services, as well as U.S. citizens engaged incommercial travel and trade. To better meet the IED threat at home, we will seek toincorporate lessons learned abroad, while respecting legal and policy factors relevant todomestic counter-IED operations.
 
Promoting Cooperation with Governmental, International, and Private Sector Partners.
 
Sharing meaningful information about the IED threat with partners that are familiar withtheir communities increases the chance that suspicious activity will be recognized andreported to law enforcement authorities. The United States will work with partners toreduce the IED threat by sharing intelligence, building capacity, and developingcomplementary activities.
Translating Policy into Actions
To realize these policy objectives, we will employ the following priority capabilities and enablingtechnologies, which leverage existing investments, including:1.
 
Increasing Domestic and International Engagement.
We will seek to:
 
Improve public awareness of IED threats and corresponding reporting of suspiciousactivity to local authorities through enhanced information sharing resources;
 
Enhance information sharing with public and private sector partners on current IEDthreats and preparedness measures; and

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