Tactical Explosive Breaching Operations Textbook
Authored by Charles J. O'Connor and Edward Stark.
This textbook is a reference for law enforcement and military tactical explosive users, their leaders and legal representatives. It remains a progressive reference refined from over three decades of documented study, research and operational experience in urban environments, not range or sterile test conditions. Bomb squad/EOD personnel will also find this information useful for IED defeat and render safe operations.
The purpose of the textbook is to refine tactical professionals’ subject matter expertise to safely perform urban detonations and defend their use of explosives. The information in the textbook will not conflict with current policies, use of force guidance, charge designs or tactical procedures.
Introduction and safety protocols
Safety procedures for use of explosives
Concepts of tactical breaching operations
Establishing the explosive breaching program
Introduction to explosives
Explosive compositions and work effect
Understanding the hazard puzzle
Calculating NEW, incident overpressure values and frag distances for safe stacking
Firing assemblies / firing systems
Administrative range protocol
Tactical breaching operation procedures
Explosive breaching program equipment
Explosive shot documents
Tactical breaching program checklist