2013 Naval Mine Warfare Essay Contest Winnner
Dealing with roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq prompted the Army and Marine Corps to make major changes in their equipment, tactics, and force structure. The Navy can adapt many of them for its mine-countermeasures effort.
It’s time the Navy’s mine-countermeasures community took a serious look at the lessons learned by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps in dealing with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past 12 years.
At first blush, trying to transplant the technologies, tactics, and force structure for combatting IEDs to help deal with naval mines may seem a bit incongruous. IEDs, of course, are most familiar as roadside bombs, while naval mines are deployed in harbors and at sea. What could be further apart?