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Department of Transportation

Saving Millions of Dollars Through IED Data Collection



According to the latest news report, the United States government has spent more than 17 billion dollars in 2011 for Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) study and work groups without achieving a quality data base.


I believe we can reduce this threat through the use of evaluation and technical analysis practices routinely used in the FAA’ and National Transportation Safety Board’s extensive aviation data collection systems.


FAA ASIs utilize extensive data bases of aircraft accidents, incidents and occurrences that contain technical findings and causes of accident events to prevent future accidents. We can do the same thing for IEDs.


A centralized military data base could contain information noting the type of IEDs in specific regions of countries, method of manufacture of IEDs, the method used to set off the IED, how and where the IEDs are placed, and IED placement identification, etc…This information could be transformed into usable data to train our troops in IED placement identification and IED analysis.


During research on my own time, I have learned that a limited number of our troops can routinely identify IEDs. This valuable information and these specific troops’ knowledge could be combined with the data base and teach other troops to help identify placement of IEDs.


The combined data base could be used to help identify IED criteria which could lead to the curtailment manufacturing of IED and IED recognition.


This recommendation only represents a micro-thought for an idea to help reduce financial expenditures but I believe a small team specializing in IED data collection and analysis could make a huge impact on our troops safety and save literally hundreds of millions (maybe billions) of dollars in death prevention and injuries by simply making an idea go forward.



Idea No. 4066