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IED-fighters to keep working after war

Published: March 5, 2014, 11:08 am, by Tom Roeder

dodlogoThe Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization will exist past the end of the Afghanistan war, but will be much smaller, the Army says.
Born as a wartime expedient to counter roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, the organization developed tactics and tools to help soldiers avoid bombs.
“There is a full appreciation that (the organization’s) functions should endure, the key is that it be scaled to what the nation can afford, and we have to be smart as to how we structure it so it can be rapidly expanded as necessary based on the nature of the threat and the challenges we are going to face in the future,” Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson said in a statement on the Army’s website.
The organization now has 3,000 troops and could draw down to 400 in the future, the Army said.