Saturday, October 23, 2010

Defense Budget Cuts? Here's One

Yah, well.

Looks like the 101st Airborne could be the next home for a lot of unwanted puppies. (HSUS, take note!!)

Drones, metal detectors, chemical sniffers, and super spycams — forget ‘em. The leader of the Pentagon’s multibillion military task force to stop improvised bombs says there’s nothing in the U.S. arsenal for bomb detection more powerful than a dog’s nose.

Despite a slew of bomb-finding gagdets, the American military only locates about 50 percent of the improvised explosives planted in Afghanistan and Iraq. But that number jumps to 80 percent when U.S. and Afghan patrols take dogs along for a sniff-heavy walk. “Dogs are the best detectors,” Lieutenant General Michael Oates, the commander of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, told a conference yesterday..

The KP duties expand slightly to include doggy-doo pickups.

No problem.

HT: Agitator

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