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AOC calls for enhanced countermeasures for deployed troops.

In testimony before the US Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, the Association of Old Crows (AOC) called for increased funding for enhancing the protections provided by electronic jamming equipment. Presented as part of the testimony of the coalition Associations for America's Defense, the AOC advocated increased protection for troops on the ground and in the air.

Currently, the Department of Defense (DoD) has installed a very small number of electronic jammers in unarmored Humvees to defeat roadside improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Insurgents use everything from garage-door openers to cell phones to detonate IEDs as vulnerable troops travel by in a convoy. The jammers create a protective area around the vehicles, preventing the detonation signal from reaching the bomb. The AOC urged Congress to rapidly purchase and deploy additional numbers of these jammers to provide better protection for coalition forces. In addition, the AOC called for Congress to include electronic jammers as part of any future purchases of unarmored troop transports or vehicles.

The AOC also pointed out that terrorists and enemy combatants have used non-traditional tactics when firing upon fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft and that this new threat had already produced deadly results for US forces in Iraq. Also, many aircraft are flying non-traditional missions that take them into areas of danger. For example, some C-5s flying cargo and personnel into Baghdad have no countermeasures systems installed. The AOC asked Congress to take advantage of this situation to call for a reassessment of the effectiveness of countermeasures by the DoD for all fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, with an eye toward installing or upgrading systems to provide the highest level of protection for US personnel.

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Title Annotation:WASHINGTON REPORT; Association of Old Crows
Comment:AOC calls for enhanced countermeasures for deployed troops.(WASHINGTON REPORT)(Association of Old Crows)
Publication:Journal of Electronic Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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