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$17 billion U.S. anti-bomb effort a dud

WASHINGTON -- In February 2006, with roadside bombs killing more and more American soldiers in Iraq, the Pentagon created an agency to defeat the deadly threat and gave a retired four-star general the task of running it.

Five years later, the agency has ballooned into a 1,900-employee behemoth and has spent nearly $17 billion on hundreds of initiatives. Yet the technologies it has developed have failed to significantly improve U.S. soldiers' ability to detect unexploded roadside bombs and have never been able to find them at long distances. The best detectors remain the low-tech methods: trained dogs, local handlers and soldiers themselves.

A review by McClatchy and the Center for Public Integrity of government reports and interviews with auditors, investigators and congressional staffers shows that the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization also violated its own accounting rules and hasn't properly evaluated its initiatives to keep mistakes from being repeated.

Mar 28, 2011 at 9:13 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Whistle-blowing witch grounded by TSA

Wiccan is fired after complaint about casting spells — and after she complained about lax security at the airport

Mar 28, 2011 at 9:15 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Obviously the JEDDO was not designed to find IEDs but to find Taxpayer Money. Mission Accomplished!
Mar 29, 2011 at 12:13 PM | Unregistered Commenterprofnasty

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