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Improvised Explosive Devices in Iraq, 2003-09: A Case of Operational Surprise and Institutional Response

Improvised Explosive Devices in Iraq, 2003-09: A Case of Operational Surprise and Institutional Response – http://ssi.armywarcollege.edu/pdffiles/pub1064.pdf

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • When was the first IED causality in Iraq?
  • What is “hillbilly armor?”
  • Were ways to defend against IEDs available prior to 2003 and who pioneered them?


The bulk of deaths and injuries to US forces in Iraq came from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). This book provides a high level overview of the responses of the United States and Australia to this reality. The section dealing with the American response provides some detail on the armor and vehicles that were offered to try and reduce the casualties from IEDs. It also offers thoughts on how slowly institutional militaries react to surprise changes in tactics.

In addition to having some value in stories dealing with the Iraq War, this book might have some value in illustrating institutional reactions in science fiction or other military situations.

A bibliography on pages 50-57 has articles on a number of topics, mostly about damage from IEDs and efforts to reduce damage from them, but also about other surprises in US history like submarine warfare.

This book is available in PDF, ePub and Kindle formats for free.


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