"There is the technology to prevent the detonation of most improvised explosive devices. It exists and we've allocated money for it. And yet that number remains classified, Mr. Secretary, not because the insurgents don't know how few are protected, but because I'm of the opinion the American people would be appalled if they knew how few are protected. "
I applaud Rep. Taylor who was upset that 3 of his national guardsmen had been killed in the last 12 days without ever even seeing this equipment.
In prepared statements delivered to that committee is this document "A statement on the Posture of the United States Army 2005" by Army Sec. Francis Harvey and General Peter J. Shoomaker. which is available on this Army website . In that statement on page 12 it says that in August 2003 we had minimal capability in theater to counter IED devices. By January 2005 we have 1,496 systems in theater. I've since learned that there were only a couple of units in place in August 2003.
I've found four contract purchases from EDO for WARLOCK RED and WARLOCK GREEN systems.
- November 2003 -- $47.4 million for an undisclosed number of units which I believe to be approximately 867 WARLOCK GREEN and 497 WARLOCK RED systems based on an estimated average price of $51,515 for the GREEN units and $5,497 for the RED systems. These prices are estimated as average costs derived from the March 2004 and December 2004 contracts. Initial delivery of these units seems to have been June 2004.
- March 2004 -- $6.8 million for 132 WARLOCK GREEN systems. I'm speculating that those were delivered around September 2004.
- December 3, 2004 -- $7.9 million for 100 WARLOCK GREEN and 500 WARLOCK RED units probably slated for Summer 2005 delivery.
- January 18, 2005 -- $56.133 million for 720 WARLOCK GREEN and 720 WARLOCK RED COMBINED SYSTEMS with associated Dual Band Antennas at an average combined price of $77,960.
This would mean that there would be approximately 1,099 WARLOCK GREEN units in country (999 units) or on order for 2005 delivery (100 units).
There would also be an estimated 1,057 WARLOCK RED units in country (497 units) or on order for 2005 delivery (560 units).
There would be an estimated 720 combined WARLOCK RED & GREEN systems scheduled for delivery by around mid 2005.
In total it looks like there will be 1,380 units of various types delivered in 2005 to accompany the 1,496 in country as of January 2005 according to the Army Secretary.
All contract orders pending and delivered since late 2003 will total $118.2 million for these IED jammers.
That is a very small amount of money considering the staggering percentage of our casualties now caused by IEDs.
In the archived February 2005 section of this blog near the very end you will see a study I conducted of Hostile Fire casualties since January 1, 2005 in Iraq where the cause was specified. In that total 74% were of the Hostile Fire casualties were caused by IEDs.