The Chemical Improvised Explosive Device Term Paper by Nicky

The Chemical Improvised Explosive Device
A look at the chemical improvised explosive device (IED) and its history.
# 149043 | 1,025 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 21, 2011 in International Relations (War and Conflict)

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The paper discusses the weapon of the non-conventional force or guerrilla warriors, the improvised explosive device or IED, and how it has been used in the past. The paper examines the components of an IED and how they are deployed and identifies ome of the more commonly known chemical IEDs. The paper also points out some of the basic and conventional chemicals that can be used to manufacture chemical IEDs including chemicals that are found at home. The paper asserts that since IEDs, especially chemical IEDs, are becoming the weapon of choice of today's terrorists or insurgents, it is important for those battling these types of enemy to gain knowledge on how to prevent these attacks.

From the Paper:

"The history of warfare is one where the combatant with the better weapon and strategy usually is the victor. Even in the prehistoric times when mankind fought with sticks and stones, those who had the most implements and can wield them better was assured of vanquishing the enemy. But warfare is also a story of innovation and invention. Sticks and stones were defeated when spears, bows and arrows where invented because it afforded fighting from a distance while delivering deadly projectiles from the safety of hides. Then fire was discovered and used with projectiles provided an even deadlier combination. Since then, various weapons of warfare have been developed and improved all to ensure victory in the battlefield and in conventional warfare.
"Conventional warfare though requires the deployment of numerous numbers of troops that are well equipped and well trained to wage battle against any enemy force. But there are those that do not have the capability of fielding huge armed forces thereby requiring the waging of low intensity or guerrilla warfare to even the playing field of the battlespace. Even their weapons are rudimentary and they do not have the luxury of having tanks, fighter aircrafts, artillery or other heavy weapons found in the conventional army. The saving grace though is that they are able employ hit and run tactics that served to disrupt conventional forces. To wit, they improvise weapons made of everyday materials. These weapons may not be as sophisticated as those of conventional armies but they are equally effective especially when deployed at the proper time and at carefully selected targets."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Headquarters, Department of the Army. Improvised Explosive Device Defeat. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005.
  • National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Countering the Threat of Improvised Explosive Devices: Basic Research Opportunities. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2007.
  • Office for Domestic Preparedness. Awareness Level WMD Training. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2005.
  • Wilkinson, Adrian, James Bevan and Ian Biddle. "Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs): An Introduction." In Conventional Ammunition in Surplus, ed. James Bevan, 136-144. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, Graduate Institute of International Studies, 2008.

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