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Improvised Everything

Improvised Everything

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Dr. Allan Steinhardt & Dr. David G. Smithwith Art Fritzson
“Improvised Everything”: Thechanging Role of Advanced Technology in Warfare(or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Commercially AvailableTechnology)
The Improvised Explosive Device as Example (Improvised Ordnance)
The IED attack has become a symbol of the IraqWar. –The IED can be seen as precision ordnancewithout expensive launchers or the risk of counter fires.
 A strategically placed IED, often gives insurgentstactical initiative and surprise
The IED is often considered alone…
… but it actually represents a new approach in which our adversaries leveragecommercially available technologies to create a broad range of highly capable threats –“Improvised Everything” 
Improvised Ordnance –Historical and Current Examples
Tim McVeigh blows off the front of the Murrahfederal buildingin Oklahoma city usingracing fuel and fertilizer - Constructed from native materials andavailable explosives- At the height of fighting (1965-1970),11% of US Army troop deaths and 17%of wounds were caused by booby traps
Vietnamese Booby Traps, c. 1960-1975
Spike PitGrenadeswith tripwire“Toepopper” buried bullet
Middle AgesUSA, 1995
Siege/Storm Defense- Boiling oil (expensive)- Dropped rubble fromprevious attacks- Heated sand- Boiling Water 

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