EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium

Maintaining EOD, IED & Countermine Capabilities Force Structure within a New Environment


Alexandria, VA

Our EOD/IED Countermine Defeat Symposium will bring together DoD & Military policy-makers, EOD/IED techniciansmembers of the low intensity conflict community, as well as DHS and Civil Public Safety Bomb Squad professionals in an information exchange forum for the discussion of current and future trends and initiatives for battlefield operations, peacekeeping operations, and homeland defense.



2013 Confirmed Speakers & Participants Included:

Thomas P Dee - Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Expeditionary Programs & Logistics Management)  Research, Development & Acquisition

Frank J. Larkin - Vice Director, Joint IED Defeat Organization

CAPT Thomas B. Smith - Commanding Officer Naval Surface Warfare Center

COL Leo Bradley - Director, Military OPS & EOD Division, DoD Explosives Safety Board

COL (ret) Dick A. Larry - Senior Advisor, EOD/CIED and Exploitation HQDA G3/5/7

CAPT Brad McKinney - Commanding Officer, Center for EOD and Diving

Thomas Lynch - Explosives/IED Section Chairman - National Tactical Officers Association, Office for Bombing Prevention – DHS

Edwin A. Bundy, Ph.D. - Program Manager, CBRNE, C-IED, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office


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__________________________________________________________________________ Why should you attend the Summit?

Over the past ten years, continuous IED combat operations have enhanced available technology and training to adapt to the new evolution of threats. Response tactics have also improved to achieve mission success. However, in the persistent conflicts to come for generations IEDs will be the weapon of choice, both domestically and in future contingency operations.

DSI’s EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium was created to bridge the gaps and assess policies, plans, programs priorities between industry and the EOD/IED/Countermine military community. 

While advancements have been made and successful IED incidents have been dramatically reduced, major challenges still face the EOD/IED community. Challenges such as maintaining the most updated capabilities and force structure in a new fiscal environment of budget constraints. Capturing best practices and lessons learned and integrating those into the individual services institutional processes; transitioning from a continual deployment cycle to a home based training cycle; as well as recruiting & maintaining quality volunteer personal will be focal points of discussion and debate at this year’s event.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Summits'  content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in the EOD/IED community both military and civil offices, along with key leaders in industry with the sole objective of advancing the mission critical needs of each respective community. Our non partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.


2013 Symposium topic areas of discussion will include:

*Containing the spread of IEDs as a global weapon of choice for violent extremists

*Fostering whole-of-government approach to the IED threat

*Improving guidance on EOD reporting and messaging

*Ensuring IEDs too costly to produce and too risky to employ by: - Attacking networks that emplace IEDs - Training our forces to protect themselves

*Advancing the ability to detect and neutralize improvised or homemade explosives (HME)

*Next generation robotics, bomb suits, and radiographic systems

*Equipment and procedures to fight the IED threat through communications, vehicles, exploitation techniques, ECM, kinetic tools

*Next-Gen Standoff explosives detection capabilities

*Lightweight tools and explosives for dismounted operations ____________________________________________________________________ At our Summit you will 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 to effectively and efficiently transform EOD/IED/ Countermine force.

 Influence:  Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are given the opportunity to address our speaker faculty with their questions or comments and will receive a pre-Summit questionnaire for precise questions and subject matters you would like our speakers to address.

____________________________________________________________________ COMPLIANT:

The EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium is compliant with Department of Defense operating guidelines, and adheres to the most recent standards of the Office of General Council, Standards of Conduct Office:

*Currently, SOCO advisory 09-03: 7.(a)… purposes of jer 3-211 (a)(7) the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), OGE standards of ethical conduct for employees of the executive branch: currently 5 cfr part 2635 and 31 u.s.c. 1353 as it pertains to OGE standards

*Qualifies as training in compliance with 5 U.S.C. Chapter 41 and is compliant with The Office of Government Ethics, Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch: currently 5 CFR part 2635 and 31 U.S.C. 1353 as it pertains to OGE Standards.

*The EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium is open to all Federal employes and is considered a compliant education and training forum.