'We Were on the Back Foot,' Says Army's Top Counter-IED Officer in Afghanistan




Colonel Bob Seddon was the British Army's senior officer leading the Counter-IED fight in Afghanistan. In this third segment of our studio interview, he clarifies the technical terms and misnomers in Counter-IED warfare. In fact, the war against IEDs, which he describes, is a much larger picture than just EOD operations. The former Principal Ammunition Technical Officer emphasises the dire need for better organisation and better training, which he found lacking during his tenure, to deal with this deadly threat. He describes 2009-10 in Afghanistan as a particularly dark time, when the British Army was reacting 'off the back foot'. What are the lessons learned? He describes the need to 'institutionalise' the Army's experiences, as he describes IED warfare as being the future of conflict outside Afghan operations.

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