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Accession Number ADA583347
Title Keeping the Dogs in the Fight: What Combatant Commanders Need to Know about MWDs.
Publication Date May 2013
Media Count 32p
Personal Author S. S. Babbitt
Abstract The growing need to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs) has prompted the resurgence of explosive detection military working dogs in the theater of war, and has furthered the need for an off-leash requirement to increase the standoff distance from an unexploded device to allied patrols in the area. History has provided a plethora of evidence to support continued research in the military working dog community to give Combatant Commanders the ability to have a mission-ready canine force available to counter emerging threats before casualties are incurred. This paper explains why it is necessary, although controversial, to train all DoD explosive detection dogs to the same off-leash standard to best provide Combatant Commanders the ability to protect the joint force. It further explains how differing home-station mission sets and improper program alignment promote interservice rivalry and preclude a joint solution. Finally, it offers a series of recommendations to ensure that the canine community provides combatant commanders the most capable military working dogs in the world.
Keywords Casualties
Combatant commanders
Explosive detection dogs
Explosives detection
Improvised explosive devices
Joint military activities
Military capabilities
Military commanders
Military dogs
Military forces(United states)
Military working dogs
Off-leash requirement
Specialized search dogs
Standoff distance
Theater level operations

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57C - Botany
57Z - Zoology
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
63F - Optical Detection
79A - Ammunition, Explosives, & Pyrotechnics
Corporate Author Naval War Coll., Newport, RI. Joint Military Operations Dept.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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