Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The latest developments in the Pentagon's war against improvised explosive devices
DefenseAlert - 12/05/2013

Former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter instructed the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to produce a detailed concept for future operations and propose how the organization could contribute to preempting "battlefield surprise" beyond countering IEDs, according to a Nov. 26 memo he sent to JIEDDO's director.

DefenseAlert - 07/30/2013

Afghan forces are not fielding nearly enough units to counter improvised explosive devices, the leading cause of deaths and injuries to coalition and Afghan troops and civilians in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon report released today.

Inside the Army - 07/01/2013

The military services can take on the operations of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and continue its efforts to counter the threat of IEDs, according to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Inside the Navy - 03/25/2013
The Navy is ramping up its reset effort of about 500 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles brought back from Afghanistan as the U.S. military presence winds down, with each vehicle carrying an estimated price tag of about $380,000 for refurbishment, according to a Navy spokeswoman.
DefenseAlert - 02/25/2013

After some difficulty last year in working with leaders of two Pakistani fertilizer factories, which produce most of the ammonium nitrate used by insurgents to make homemade explosive devices in Afghanistan, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization is reporting progress in the factories' effort to curb the flow of the substance into IED-making networks, according to JIEDDO's director.

Inside the Army - 01/28/2013
A November 2011 incident in which U.S. forces accidentally killed 20 people at a Pakistani border outpost has likely contributed to the United States' difficulties in convincing Pakistan to help in countering the proliferation of improvised explosive devices in the region, a State Department official suggested last week.
Inside the Army - 01/14/2013
The Army is seeking another means of spotting improvised explosive devices in the path of U.S. vehicles in Afghanistan, calling for proposals for a "deep buried detection" capability for the Husky Mounted Detection System.
Inside the Army - 01/07/2013
Anticipating the approval of a joint urgent operational needs statement that will require manipulator arms be provided to explosive ordnance disposal and route clearance forces, the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization wants to buy more than 600 of Qinetiq's Dragon Runner 10 Payload Light Weight Modular Arms, according to a justification and approval letter signed in December.
Inside the Navy - 10/29/2012
The Marine Corps would like the science and technology community to focus on improvised explosive device neutralization and force protection as top priorities as the service shifts its focus from Afghanistan to the Asia-Pacific region, the Marine Corps' top official said last week.
Inside the Navy - 09/24/2012
The Navy could start buying up to 1,000 systems for jamming improvised explosive devices in fiscal year 2014 to help fulfill a stated Marine Corps need for 370 dismounted and 2,040 mounted systems, according to a notice on Federal Business Opportunities.
Inside the Army - 09/17/2012
With U.S. operations in Afghanistan scheduled to wind down, questions are being raised again about what should happen to the organizations spawned during the past ten-plus years of war, including the sprawling agency charged with countering improvised explosive devices, according to current and former defense officials.
Inside the Navy - 09/10/2012
The Navy has issued a request for information asking for industry to provide information on quickly-fielded systems that can jam improvised explosive devices, with plans to buy 65 systems by September of next year, according to a recent notice on Federal Business Opportunities.
Inside the Navy - 09/03/2012
The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization is beginning to look beyond the IED threat in Afghanistan and consider how it may assist combatant commanders around the globe, a JIEDDO official said last week.
Inside the Army - 08/20/2012
The Army is moving forward with plans to buy small jammers that soldiers can wear on their bodies to prevent nearby remote-controlled improvised explosive devices from going off, according to a service official.
Inside the Pentagon - 08/02/2012
As part of its effort to combat improvised explosive devices, the Defense Department is seeking industry proposals on ways to defeat bombs made from potassium chlorate.
Inside the Army - 05/28/2012
House and Senate authorizers want to give the Pentagon the authority to use funds to support efforts to disrupt the flow of improvised explosive device "precursors" into Afghanistan.
Inside the Army - 04/23/2012
The Defense Department has asked Congress for the authority to use Joint Explosive Devices Defeat Fund dollars for efforts to disrupt the flow of improvised explosive device "precursors" from neighboring countries into Afghanistan.
Inside the Army - 03/26/2012
The Army this week plans conduct industry briefings to let companies in on the service's latest effort to protect dismounted soldiers fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom against improvised explosive devices: The 'iCREW' system.
Inside the Army - 02/13/2012
The Army is looking at where within the service organization Task Force ODIN, a specialized aviation unit designed to engage bomb-laying insurgents, could reside in the future, according to the two-star general in charge of force development in the service's G-8 office.
Inside the Navy - 01/30/2012
The Marine Corps continues to upgrade its MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle fleet as part of its modernization program, according to two January contract awards totaling $990 million.
Inside the Army - 01/30/2012
As budgets shrink, Defense Department officials expect a trend toward consolidation of funds among government agencies as they combat the threat of improvised explosive devices, according to a new Pentagon report.
Inside the Army - 01/23/2012
The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization released a broad agency announcement on Jan. 17 calling for proposals that could help curb the spread of the kinds of homemade explosives widely used in IEDs in Afghanistan.
Inside the Army - 12/12/2011
A standoff between the United States and Pakistan has dashed recent glimmers of hope in Washington that Pakistan might step up its cooperation in interdicting the flow of bomb-making materials from two fertilizer factories within its border into neighboring Afghanistan, Inside the Army has learned.
Inside the Army - 12/05/2011
An amendment to the Senate's fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill that would enhance the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization's involvement in countering domestic IED threats did not make it into the final bill at a time when the organization's future is in question.
Inside the Army - 11/21/2011
Banning a fertilizer chemical in Pakistan is not considered a likely option in efforts to curb the proliferation of homemade explosives, so the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization is turning to industry and academia to try to deal with the problem, according to officials.
Inside the Army - 11/14/2011
The greatest intelligence gap the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization faces is understanding how ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer compound that can be used to make improvised explosive devices, gets from two factories in Pakistan into the hands of Afghan insurgents, the JIEDDO director said last week.
DefenseAlert - 11/10/2011

The future of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization is less important than the need to continue trying to solve what has become a global concern, the JIEDDO director said today.

Inside the Army - 11/07/2011
The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization is taking yet another crack at finding technologies capable of pre-detonating IEDs in Afghanistan without harming U.S. personnel, as the military's arsenal of jammers does not work against mechanically triggered bombs often placed by Taliban fighters and criminal networks in that country.
Inside the Navy - 09/26/2011
The Marine Corps has begun identifying which specific vehicles it will divest from its ground forces as part of a plan to reduce its vehicle inventory by about 10,000 over the next three years.
Inside the Navy - 09/26/2011
The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Joint Program Office may receive some additional funding to make upgrades to its MRAP vehicles not currently deployed to combat zones, which had been left out as budget constraints prompted the Pentagon to only make safety and comfort improvements to those being used in Afghanistan.
Inside the Pentagon - 09/22/2011
Senate appropriators have proposed cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from the Pentagon's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization and they want it to stop spearheading niche sensor projects for unmanned aircraft.
Inside the Army - 06/27/2011
The Army intends to issue requests for proposal to two companies for the development of an electronic stability control system for the RG-31 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle to make it safer to drive, according to a recent announcement.
Inside the Army - 06/06/2011
The Army, pressing onward in its fight against the most potent weapon of insurgent forces, has released a solicitation seeking information on existing vehicle solutions to mitigate underbody blasts from roadside bombs.
Inside the Army - 05/09/2011
The Army Rapid Equipping Force is seeking new ideas for countering roadside bombs, protecting small bases and village outposts, and conducting surveillance operations in "inhospitable" environments, according to a May 2 REF notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
DefenseAlert - 04/29/2011

Defense Department officials have issued a stop-work to Oshkosh for blast-proof ambulances urgently needed by forces in Afghanistan, with sources saying a Navistar vehicle is likely to be tapped instead.

Inside the Army - 04/25/2011
A scientist credited with bringing the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle to America used a rare public appearance in the Washington region last week to reiterate concerns with the way armored vehicles are tested against explosions, saying he has found a more stringent way to do it.
Inside the Navy - 04/25/2011
Despite a recent report to Congress expressing skepticism about recapitalizing Expanded Capacity Vehicle humvees, the Marine Corps has renewed hope that a design feature generated by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency could provide a reasonably priced, lightweight option for providing extra protection on the vehicles, according to a service official.
DefenseAlert - 04/11/2011

The Army is formally seeking permission from Congress to launch a new program to modernize a third of its massive humvee fleet through a competitive recapitalization program that assumes a $180,000 price tag for each armored vehicle, 8 percent savings from competition, and possible underbody protection that compares with Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles.

Inside the Army - 04/11/2011
The completion date for the Pentagon's testing of vehicle active-protection systems has slipped by six months into September, with Raytheon -- once believed to be not involved -- now slated to have its APS solution tested this summer, according to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Inside the Army - 04/11/2011
The Defense Department Inspector General's office has announced it will audit the procurement of Vehicle Optics Sensor System anti-mine devices.
DefenseAlert - 03/29/2011

Defense officials last week announced a $14 million contract to continue field-testing a technology that can turn ordinary humvees into unmanned vehicles for bomb clearing on Afghan roads.

Inside the Army - 12/13/2010
The Army is struggling to manage, store and rapidly interpret intelligence about improvised explosive devices from the tactical edge in a way that will drive operations in theater, according to a counter-IED official.
Inside the Navy - 12/13/2010
The Navy wants to greatly increase the number of expeditionary dogs assisting troops in Afghanistan, but the service is not saying much about what kind of work the dogs will be doing.
Inside the Army - 11/29/2010
A "budget anomaly" is to blame for the top military bomb-fighting organization's recent request to siphon money from its operational accounts to pay for workers' salaries, according to a spokeswoman.
DefenseAlert - 11/16/2010

The Marine Corps is testing a new capsule at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ, that could be installed on a humvee to transform it into a light tactical vehicle, as well as a "chimney" to limit blast damage from an improvised explosive device, Lt. Gen. George Flynn, deputy commandant for combat development and integration, said today.

Inside the Navy - 11/15/2010
Nine years after the Marine Corps first set foot in Afghanistan, the problem of improvised explosive devices still remains at the forefront as Taliban fighters continue to adapt with more sophisticated measures and the service's leadership tries to figure out a balance between heavily armored and more agile vehicles.
Inside the Navy - 11/01/2010
Nearly half of all non-combat-related Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle accidents between the end of 2007 and the end of 2009 in Iraq resulted in the armored vehicle rolling or tipping over, according to classified incident reports recently posted on and analyzed by Inside the Navy.
Inside the Navy - 10/25/2010
As deadly improvised explosive devices continue to rip into coalition forces in Afghanistan, one U.S. armored vehicle manufacturer is suggesting that the Pentagon is not testing its vehicles' ability to withstand blasts according to the most stringent possible method, sister publication Inside the Army has learned.
DefenseAlert - 10/20/2010

The role of unmanned aerial vehicles in counter-improvised explosive device operations in theater will continue to grow, while the use of unmanned ground sensors has proven largely ineffective in the fight, according to a top Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization official.

DefenseAlert - 05/28/2010

May 28, 2010 -- The Pentagon is seeking permission from Congress to shift nearly $300 million in fiscal year 2010 modernization accounts to bolster the roadside-bomb defeating capability of the 30,000 additional troops sent to Afghanistan.