There is no argument, the United States military has the best technology in the world, however, modern technology cannot beat the results of bomb detection dogs. The Pentagon has at its disposal drones, super-spy cams, metal detectors, mechanical sniffing robots and the best funded and most knowledgeable engineersbut it is no match for me best friend.
Bomb detection dogs
After spending more than 6 years, and USD19 billion, the Pentagon has to admit in a scathing report, the best bomb detectors are bomb detection dogs.. When using modern technology, the success rate of finding IED’s are only about 50 percent. Afghan and US patrols using bomb detection dogs increase the success rate to 80 percent.
The Pentagon has been working on this problem for years. However, the problem becomes more serious by the day. The director of JIDDO, Lieutenant General Michael Oates, told the conference that his organization now focuses on disrupting the use of IEDs, rather than flat-out detecting them as they haven’t made much progress on the detection front using technology.
Congress has recently shown a lack of confidence in the group’s accomplishments, both in its focus and the way funds are being spent. In response, the House armed services committee cut the group’s funding by nearly half USD1 billion. That cut can train a larger group of much-needed explosive detection dogs.
By last count the TSA reports that because of incidents of terrorism are in a sharp incline that there is a shortage of bomb detection dogs. Currently they are short a minimum of 214 qualified detection dog teams.
In order to be a certified explosives detection dog by the American working dog Association, the dog must be able to pass 4 types of searches.
According to Sid Murray, founder and owner of ATS K9, Toronto, Canada, who has trained and worked explosive detection dogs in war-torn Kosovo had this to say about explosive detection dogs, “I have trained all types of explosive detection dogs, landmine, IED and bomb detection dogs to protect airports. We have worked these dogs against mechanical methods and the dogs come out ahead, way ahead.”
In the training video below Murray shows a young black Labrador being trained to detect explosives. When finished this dog will be able to detect and locate the following odors in order to successfully pass the certification required for an explosives detection dog.
- Smokeless Powder
- Water Gel
- Commercial Dynamite (Nitrate and Ammonia-based)
- Detonation Cord
- Sodium Chlorate
- Potassium Chlorate
- Black Powder
- Flex X
If you have any questions regarding explosives detection dogs or how to add one to your department or organization, please contact Sid Murray, ATS K9 by calling 905-988-8800. ATS K9 has been providing top-quality detection dogs worldwide for over 25 years. Detection dogs are their only business.