JIDA Leadership Briefings at EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium


October 18, 2016

Defense Strategies Institute’s 4th Annual EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium is next month, occurring on November 7-8, 2016!

As improvised explosives remain a constant threat to both OCONUS Military and Homeland Security operations, there must be strategic policy development with a keen focus on leveling the playing field between U.S. / Coalition forces and asymmetric enemies. This goal is dependent upon the ability to coordinate an all-of-nation approach to managing the malicious use of explosive devices, whether it be in the homeland or in an unconventional operating environment.

As the U.S. continues to develop countermeasures for conducting IED operations, malevolent actors also work towards upgrading their explosive capabilities to undermine current United States’ defensive operations. It is imperative to provide global access to IED defeat technology, as well as developing advanced intelligence information sharing capabilities in order to identify, attack, and defeat the persistent global IED threat.

DSI’s 4th EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium will foster the dialogue to bridge the gaps, assess policies, plans, and programs for priorities between industry and the EOD/IED & Countermine community. With representation from the DoD, DHS, Federal Agencies & local/civil bomb technicians, along with numerous other participants, this Event will bring together a truly whole-of-government approach to IED defeat.

The 2016 Symposium will bring together the mission relevant representatives for two days of discussion, dialogue, and debate to help solve some of the current pressing challenges focusing on the theme of “Combating the Global & Homeland IED Threat Through Joint Operations.”

Confirmed Keynote Speakers at This Year’s Event Include:

  •  LTG Michael Shields, Director, Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency
    CAPT Vincent R. Martinez, USN, Commanding Officer, Indian Head EOD Technology Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • COL Jonathan B. Slater, USA, Product Manager Counter Explosive Hazard, PM CCS
  • COL (Ret.) Daniel M. Chartier, USA, Counter-IED and Countermine Portfolio Manager, DoD Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence
  • LtCol Jamie Wagner, USMC, C-IED Branch Head, FPID, CDD, CD&I
  • COL Charles G. Phillips, USADirector, The Counter Explosive Hazards Center, U.S. Army Engineer School
  • CAPT John B. Moulton, USN, Commodore, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 2, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command

Topics to Be Covered This Year:

  • Coordinating Intergovernmental and Interagency Counter-IED Efforts
  • Next Generation Information Sharing and Reporting Methods for IED Incidents
  • Defining Acquisition Priorities for Effective IED Countermeasures and Operations
  • Leveraging Private Sector Collaboration to Support Enhanced Counter-IED Operations
  • Near and Future R&D Efforts to Advance Detection and Neutralization Capabilities
  • Addressing EOD/IED Challenges in Asymmetrical Warfare Environments
  • Integrating Advanced Countermine Capabilities for Expeditionary Forces
  • Enhancing Threat Network Identification Capabilities
  • Methods to Mitigate Homemade Explosive Incidents for Greater Homeland Security

Seating is limited 
In order to allow for actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees, seating will be limited.  Early Registration has now begun. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and State personnel attend complimentary.

Anyone interested in participating in the 4th Annual EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium can visit Defense Strategies Institute’s website at http://countermine.dsigroup.org/ for more information or contact Morgan at mcolfax@dsigroup.org, 1-201-266-0058

**Summit is CLOSED TO PRESS / NO RECORDINGS**