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Explosive Remnants of War in Stability Operations

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Authors
Cummings, Deward L.,III
Subjects
Explosive Remnants of WarCollection Point (ERW - CP)
Landmine
Anti- Personnel Mine
Mine Action
Cluster Munitions
Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)
Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
Foreign Internal Defense (FID)
Village Stability Operations (VSO)
Development
Mitigation
Scalable
Sustainable
Design
Alternative Construction Methodology
Explosive Mitigation
Advisors
Buettner, Jr., Raymond
Date of Issue
2012-09
Date
Sep-12
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) are a global problem significantly contributing to instability throughout the undeveloped and developing-world. ERW also become a primary component used in Improvised Explosive Device (IED) fabrication across the globe, which poses a direct threat to United States (U.S.) military and its strategic partners. Finding ERW is not the principle problem effecting stability. Safely removing and disposing of ERW in a timely manner is. In most cases, neither localized disposal capacity nor any safe and secure storage solutions exist. As a result, ERW remain a threat and hindrance to stabilization even after being discovered or collected. This thesis demonstrates the specific design characteristics for a proposed ERW Collection Point (ERW-CP) and describes how the deployment of systems based on these characteristics can assist in mitigating the global ERW threat. The specific characteristics that make ERW a continuous threat and hindrance to development are identified. Evidence is provided that ERW-CPs can mitigate the identified negative effects of ERW and constitute a viable option using a simple, scalable, sustainable, design and construction methodology. Data collected from empirical tests are provided to support the adequacy of the system design. Recommendations are also provided as to how the ERW-CP design can best be disseminated to assist in strategic partner capacity building, global ERW and Counter-IED (C-IED) efforts, while adhering to global Mine/UXO awareness efforts.
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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