The top 10 Army’s Greatest Inventions were announced Nov. 29, in a ceremony during the 2010 Army Science Conference. Candidates were assessed and chosen by Soldiers based on importance and impact. Three of these technologies came from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center (CERDEC).
Mr. Ramon Llanos of CERDEC’s Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) joins us to discuss one of these technologies: the Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Duke V3. Ramon is the chief of I2WD’s Electronic Warfare Systems Ground Branch. He is responsible for Science and Technology programs involving the development of advanced radio frequency countermeasures for U.S. Army Ground Systems and has been part of CREW since the onset of this type of technology.
The DoD is devoting significant resources such as equipment, personnel, tactics, training and procedures to defeating improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Additionally, the research and development efforts at CERDEC I2WD, in conjunction with Product Manager CREW, have produced the CREW Duke V3 system which is currently the U.S. Army’s most widely fielded CREW system. To date, over 40,000 Duke systems are fielded on Army combat platforms operating outside the wire in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Our job is to make sure we get our service members back from theater alive. CREW systems such as Duke V3 enable spectrum dominance through force protection of vehicle convoys against the radio controlled initiation of roadside bombs. The Duke V3 systems have played a significant role in reducing the insurgents’ employment of radio-controlled IEDs as a weapon of choice. The net result has been a dramatic reduction in deaths and casualties due to Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIED).