Devotion to Duty
Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T)
Scientists, engineers, model makers, and artists are just some of the specialists who serve in the Directorate of Science and Technology. The DS&T deployed its technical expertise after the September 11th attacks to support CIA officers in the field.
IN THE NICK OF TIME…
In late 2001, the DS&T sent a six-member ordnance team to the Afghan city of Kandahar to help dismantle explosive devices which the first CIA teams on the ground were starting to encounter and which were endangering and restricting their operations.
They arrived in Kandahar after three grueling days of military transport via C-17 and helicopter and dropped to the floor of the Kandahar base to finally sleep as soon as they arrived. After just two hours of rest, they awakened to the news that an Afghan local was in the courtyard saying he had heard that a bomb was hidden in the base compound, in the Palace building right next door, and that it was set to detonate at sunset to mark the end of Ramadan.
That evening, the governor was hosting a celebration to mark the end of Ramadan with allies from all over Afghanistan and US military partners as guests. The DS&T team rushed to sweep the compound, combining years of training and experience with highly technical equipment specially suited to the task. The inspection began on the roof and within minutes the team soon uncovered a 2,500 pound Improvised Explosive Device (IED) discreetly lodged inside the Palace’s dirt roof. With the sun setting in the background, the team rendered the IED safe with just minutes to spare and the governor’s festivities beginning only feet below.