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Combating the Global & Homeland IED Threat Through Joint Operations

Defense Strategies Institute is pleased to announce the 4th Annual EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium, occurring on November 7-8, 2016.

Alexandria, VA, September 02, 2016 --( There is perhaps no greater threat to the United States’ ability to conduct battlefield operations and defense of the homeland than that of the IED. The low-cost and destructive nature of IEDs has proven to be an ongoing threat affecting militaries, service members, and civilians worldwide. Developing strategies to counter the use of IEDs is dependent upon the ability of the U.S. Government to implement an all-of-nation approach to defeating the IED threat.

Due to the fact that IEDs can be comprised of various explosive components, their very nature is constantly changing, which gives adversaries a competitive edge on the battlefield. In order to curb this strategic edge, it is imperative to foster international cooperation to provide global access to IED defeat technology for greater transparency of the threat network.

This whole-of-Government IED event brings together DoD, DHS, Federal Agencies & local/civil bomb technicians. The 4th Annual EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium, occurring on November 7-8, 2016, 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:

- 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
- Brandt A. Schenken, Director, U.S. Bomb Data Center
- COL Charles G. Phillips, USA, Director, The Counter Explosive Hazards Center, U.S. Army Engineer School

Topics to be Covered This Year:

- Coordinating Intergovernmental and Interagency Counter-IED Efforts
- Next Generation Information Sharing and Reporting Methods for IED Incidents
- Advancing EOD Initiatives to Support Render Safe Capabilities for the Warfighter
- 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 for more information or contact Morgan at, 1-201-266-0058

**Summit is closed to Press / No recordings**
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