The Pentagon is the largest office building in the world. It is home to the Department of Defense, which oversees all branches of the Unites States Armed Forces. Many high-profile military and political figures are frequently in and out of this building, including the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and even the President of the United States. The Pentagon was constructed between 1941 and 1943 in order to house various divisions of the military from 17 different buildings around Washington D.C. into one building. President Teddy Roosevelt approved the initial construction, and the overall project cost around $85 million once it was completed.
The Department of Defense has overseen every major U.S. military action since the Revolutionary War in 1775. Though it was not referred to as the D.o.D. at the time, the War Department worked alongside the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. As new branches of the armed forces developed, such as the Coast Guard in 1790 and the Air Force in 1947, the War Department became the governing body over all branches of the military. In 1949, after a few more name changes, the War Department became the Department of Defense, whose primary mission is to deter war and protect the security of the United States. These methods of protection include soldier deployment, weapons, and various weapon detection devices.
The Pentagon has spent over $19 Billion on various bomb detection machines in the past eight years. This money has gone to researching and development of many different detection devices, including VADER, a drone or plane equipped with sensors that can detect various types of IED’s and put them on a virtual map. This device as well as others average out to be about 50% effective in finding explosive devices. Canines that have been trained to find these bombs are 80% effective, which ultimately adds up to lives saved on the battlefield. This high percentage of success also makes K9’s the go-to bomb detection tool at the Pentagon itself.
The Pentagon Force Protection Agency is in charge of the protection of the Pentagon as well as its employees and visitors each day. The PFPA, like many other police agencies across the country, have their own K9 unit. These K9s and their handlers are each in charge of sweeping 500-600 vehicles that enter the grounds of the Pentagon every day. It is imperative that these dogs have a high drive in order to be able to handle the large amount of searches executed every day.
Because of the level of important political figures that pass through the Pentagon halls, this agency must have the best dogs available for purchase. The PFPA has been purchasing dogs from Vohne Liche Kennels for the last twenty years, which speaks highly of the consistent caliber of canine coming from this facility in Denver, Indiana.
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