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The Real-Life Baghdad Bomb Squad, Revisited

Via Wired:
“The Hurt Locker” may have swept the Oscars, but it drew plenty of fire from veterans for its inaccuracies. [...]Criticisms aside, the movie did put the spotlight on the extraordinary work done in Iraq and Afghanistan by explosive ordnance disposal teams — and the terrible lethality and sophistication of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. It would be hard to overstate how quickly the threat evolved: Back in 2005, Maj. Bruce Paterson, director of the IED working group at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, reminded people working on technological solutions that there was no quick fix, no silver bullet, when it came to detecting and countering these deadly devices.

Truth is always better than fiction. - Greg Pollowitz

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