New weapons, war dogs eyed to fight IEDs

story by: Dan Lamothe
photo courtesy of:
USAF Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall
The Marine Corps could soon have two new weapons in the fight against improvised explosive devices: remote-control vehicles and improved detector dogs.
The ideas are among the military’s latest in the ongoing pursuit to protect troops from blast injuries as the U.S. enters its 10th summer of fighting in Afghanistan. While mine-resistant vehicles protect many troops from catastrophic injuries, the Taliban have shifted tactics and are planting more small bombs and booby traps designed to kill or maim U.S. forces on patrol in Sangin and other violent areas.

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