Existing and emerging handheld mine detectors do not yet perform at the standards established for full capability. To correct this deficiency we must expand our efforts by developing mine detection systems that find mines at sufficiently high rates and raise acceptably few false alarms so as to be operationally effective. The proposed Handheld Standoff Mine Detector System (HSTAMIDS) provides the potential for a significant capability increase over its predecessor, the ANIPSS- 1 2 . However, the widespread proliferation of low metal and no metal mines has changed the nature of the threat and increased the capability shortfall. In its present form and in the hands of the average soldier, the HSTAMIDS misses too many mines and will likely have far too many false alarms to be practically handled in a genuine mine-clearing mission. In the hands of highly motivated and experienced contractors, the HSTAMIDS still does not meet the detection requirements for the program, and the false alarm rate is even higher than for soldiers. Fortunately, there are ways to improve system performance of technology-limited detectors. We can use existing resources, which, if properly managed, can significantly improve performance of future iterations of this system. The purpose of this article is to set forth that solution and provide an expanded approach to developing a handheld mine detection system.