Thanks for all the help and advice on the Bridge Project. It's currently on hold, as the FOB Mayor wants to see if we can score some honest culvert from an Engineer Unit rather than build some. Works for me.
On the 12th, we lost two good men and had a third badly injured courtesy of an IED. If I've figured the time zones right. it would still have been Memorial Day back home.
I have been wondering if there is any way to inductively couple enough current to prematurely detonate these suckers. Maybe an R/C car with a rotating coil sort of thing. My knowledge of electricity pretty much ends with "Don't stick coathangers into the wall socket". I know that high-tension lines will sometimes induce power in fences running parallel to the lines. Could this effect be useful against pressure plate IEDs at a range of a foot or so? If any one has any thoughts on the subject, no matter how bizarre, I'd love to hear 'em. (Other than "Just Leave." While effective, it's not in the cards.)
Way smarter people than me are working on this I'm told. I thought I'd bring it to the attention of some of the smartest people on the net. If anyone knows where Fitch Williams hangs out now, he'd be a good one to ask, too.
In closing, we can't remember our fallen in the traditional way until deployments end. If anyone would care to hoist a glass in salute, I'd be grateful. Godspeed guys.