How a cabling-installation tool is being used to disable IEDs in Afghanistan

Marines and soldiers are modifying telescoping poles to help them locate, dig up and disable improvised explosive devices.

Content Dam Etc Medialib New Lib Cablinginstall Online Articles 2012 May Cmd 26 Foot Telescoping Pole 1693 has reported that it has supplied fiberglass push/pull rods, typically used for installingcabling, to the United States Army and Marines for purposes including the location, digging up and disabling of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan.

The poles, manufactured by CMD Cable Management, are available in lengths up to 26 feet. According to the report, troops in Afghanistan use tape to attach a steel hook, made locally in Afghanistan, to the end of the pole. The hook has a sharp blade. The modified tool is then used to detect IEDs, access them and cut their wires. said it has sold more than 100 such poles to the armed forces at GSA pricing for direct shipment to Afghanistan.

Paul Holstein, chief operating officer of, said, "We're most thankful for the opportunity to assist U.S. troops in their front-line efforts in Afghanistan by making this telescoping tool affordable and readily accessible to them in the field. We appreciate how well we've worked [with CMD] to get this product in the hands of these innovative soldiers, who we wholeheartedly applaud."

Visit's offering of CMD products.

More in Cabling Installation