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  No silver bullet to combat IEDs

Improvised explosive devices have been the single deadliest weapon used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon has spent $17 billion trying to develop a ‘silver bullet’ device to end the scourge of roadside bombs. Has it worked, and how has all that money been spent?


  Outside the wire

Need to Know profiles two young enlisted women in the U.S. Air Force who serve a crucial, and dangerous, role in the current wars: disarming roadside bombs.

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