October 26-27, 2022 | The Sunset Room, National Harbor, MD

Defense Strategies Institute’s 9th Annual EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium will bring together members of the various Military branches & Federal Government agencies to discuss the current initiatives toward advancing domestic and international counter-IED missions in support of US National Security. Senior level speakers at this forum will examine the various ways they are collaborating on neutralizing the threat that these various types of explosives can cause to the Warfighter & to vital critical infrastructure in the Homeland. This forum will also offer attendees insight into the emerging innovative technologies, enhanced training, and methods of intelligence gathering that are vital to successful EOD and demining initiatives in the era of Strategic Competition.

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2022 Confirmed Speakers:


BG Michael B. Lalor
Chief of Ordnance
Commandant, U.S. Army Ordnance School



BGen Marcus Annibale, USMC
Director, Expeditionary Warfare
OPNAV N95



Brig Gen Brian S. Hartless, USAF
Deputy Director, Resource Integration
Incoming Air Force Director of Civil Engineers
Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, HQAF

COL Russell Hoff, USA
Project Manager, Close Combat Systems
Joint Program Executive Office Armaments & Ammunition


COL Michael Schoonover, USA
Commander, 71st Ordnance Group




CAPT Eric C. Correll, USN
Commanding Officer
Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division


Sean Haglund
Associate Director, Office for Bombing Prevention
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security



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Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

With the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars in the rearview mirror, the Defense Department is preparing for a new era of explosive ordnance disposal that will bring fresh challenges and require new technology solutions. Improvised explosive devices planted by insurgents were one of the top threats during the post-9/11 conflicts. But now, the U.S. military is refocusing on neutralizing bombs and mines that it could face in future conflicts against more advanced adversaries. Vehicle Mounted C-IED systems are attributed to growing investments of the armored forces around the world into procurement and integration of vehicle-mounted counter IED systems into the land, air, and sea platforms. The Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Robot Market is anticipated to expand at a stable rate between 2022 and 2028, with the end goal being to integrate these unmanned systems for EOD & to reduce Soldier fatalities.

The 9th Annual EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium will bring together members of the various Military branches & Federal Government agencies to discuss the current initiatives toward advancing domestic and international counter-IED missions in support of US National Security. Senior level speakers at this forum will examine the various ways they are collaborating on neutralizing the threat that these various types of explosives can cause to the Homeland & to vital critical infrastructure. This forum will also offer attendees insight into the emerging innovative technologies, enhanced training, and methods of intelligence gathering that are vital to successful EOD and demining initiatives in the era of Strategic Competition.

Attendees at this forum will have the chance to hear about EOD initiatives toward identifying & neutralizing explosive threats from a safe distance during expeditionary operations, while also have the opportunity to learn of emerging technologies that will better equip Warfighters for future large scale combat operations (i.e. EOD robots). Threat actors will continue to utilize this method of attack against our Warfighters & civilians post the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this event provides the chance for meaningful debate as to how to better mitigate them. Additionally, a panel of experts at this event will provide their take on planning and providing EOD support to mid -intensity or large-scale combat operations against a near peer adversary.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Symposium’s content and focus areas. We assemble the most respected minds in the EOD/IED & Countermine community, as well as key policymakers across military and civilian offices. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and agencies to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.

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DSI is Proud to Support the EOD Warrior Foundation

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Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities:

The EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions. __________________________________________________________________________________

Topics to be covered at the 2022 Symposium:

- Guiding Naval Expeditionary Combat Forces (NECF) Efforts Toward Clearing the Battlespace of Any Hazards

- Developing Adaptive Ordnance Professionals to Effectively Sustain Army Readiness & Win in Multi-Domain Operations

- Providing an Update on OBP Initiatives for Mitigating the Use of Explosives and IEDs Against US Critical Infrastructure

- Leading FBI Initiatives Toward Being the Single Source for Strategic-Level IED Exploitation in the US

- Ensuring Acquisition Excellence by Delivering Dominating Close Combat Capabilities to the Warfighter to Win in MDO

- Planning & Providing EOD Support to Mid-Intensity or Large-Scale Combat Operations Against a Near Peer Adversary

- Leading DoS Initiatives Toward Addressing the Safe Removal of Landmines & Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) Around the World

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At Our Symposium You Have the Ability To:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the most complex issues facing the IED community.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest technologies being leveraged by the IED/EOD/ Countermine force.

Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. Our town hall format is your opportunity to address our speakers with questions or comments on the current mission. __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Symposium directly supports DoD, DHS, Law Enforcement and public-sector priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department's mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal Government employees and is considered an educational and training forum. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Past Participating Organizations:

Tetra Tech, CISR/JMU, Relyant Global, ITA International, Sierra Nevada Corporation, 908 Devices, Caliburn International, Clandestine Materials Detection, Commonwealth Technology, Eagle Security Group, Inc., Gradient Technology, MRIGlobal, NP Aerospace, Mithix Pro, ADS HQDA G-3/5/7 G-38 Adaptive C-IED/EOD Solutions Division, Bren-Tronics, HDIAC, American Ordnance, Pendar Technologies, WM Industries, USASOC, AMP Research Inc, Hanley Industries, CEIA USA, Viasat, Skydio, Booz Allen Hamilton, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Detectachem, QinetiQ, US Army Ordnance School, FBI-TEDAC & JPO C-IED, DDESB, OPNAV N95, CISA-DHS-OBP, NECC, NSWC, DOS, Indian Head EOD Technology Division, ATF, CTTSO, JPEOAA, 71st Ordnance Group, 52nd Ordnance Group, NATO C-IED CoE, UNMAS & many more…!