Of IEDs and MRAPs: Force Protection in Complex Irregular Operations

Political and military leaders are currently grappling with the question of how much to invest in a new system of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicles without undermining the ability of the force to conduct the current mission, or its effectiveness across the range of missions and operating environments in the years ahead. This paper’s purpose is to ensure that the issues relevant to arriving at a good decision are given proper consideration.