10 years ago
I might be behind the news cycles a bit on this, but there is an interesting story concerning innovation and adaptation from troops in Iraq. Hat tip to Arms and the Law, troops have discovered that they can find trip wires by shooting silly string at them:
Dear KSFO Listeners,
My good friend Deborah Johns, Vice-President of Marine Moms of Northern California, whose son William has is now serving his third tour of duty, sent me this very important letter.
I have heard from William for the first time in 3 months. I was so excited to get a call from him. He told me that the Marines really have the pressure on the insurgents and the Marines are really uncovering big stuff that makes it difficult for them. William also said that good things are happening and to let everyone know, and to hang in there with them and keep supporting them because they need the support of the American people.
William also said that they need handwarmers because it is cold and more importantly–send Silly String. They are able to dispense that stuff from 10 feet away and it will detect trip wires that are not visible to the naked eye and saves their lives before entering a building. He said the Silly String just floats through the air and lays gently on any trip wire and works pretty cool. If there are no trip wires then it just falls and hits the ground. So, we are trying to send any Silly String possible.
Thought you might like to know some good news from the battle field.
No high tech gadgetry or gear necessary. Purchasing it from Walmart and sending it over by mail is the most efficient way to put it in the hands of the troops. If a defense contractor gets hold of the idea and it becomes part of the DoD budget, the cost will go up by three orders of magnitude (product testing, product QA, management oversight of the program, retirement benefits, etc.).