November 13-14, 2018 | Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA

The 2018 EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium will detail how the IED has profoundly altered the formation of battle for all levels of the military, evening the playing field between an asymmetric enemy and U.S. / Coalition forces both on land and sea. The threat and its complexity has never been greater in the Homeland. Attacking the cruel use of explosives in the battlefield or at home depends upon a thorough and collaborative, whole-of-government approach to IED defeat.


2018 Keynote Speaker:


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MG Christopher Bentley, USA, Director, JIDO



This Year’s Confirmed Speakers: 


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BG Heidi J. Hoyle, USA , Chief of Ordnance, Commandant, U.S. Army Ordnance School



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CAPT John Moulton, USN, N957 Branch Head, EOD Officer, OPNAV N95



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Gerald Guilbert, Chief of Programs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA), U.S. Department of State


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SSA Michael Truebenbach, Supervisory Special Agent Bomb Technician/Forensic Examiner – FBI Laboratory Explosives Unit, Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center, FBI 


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William Byrd, Acting Deputy Chief, Office for Bombing Prevention, U.S. Department of Homeland Security



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COL (Ret.) Dan Chartier, USA, Dynamis On-Site Manager, Chief of Combat Technologies, DoD Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence



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Debra Powers, Chair, Naval Counter-IED Knowledge Network, DON



  • Why You Should Attend This Year’s Symposium:


  • The IED has forever changed the battlefield landscape for all levels of the military, evening the playing field between an asymmetric enemy and U.S. / Coalition forces both on land and sea. The ongoing threat and complexity of IED’s has never been greater in the Homeland. Targeting the cruel use of explosives in the battlefield or at home depends upon a cautious and coordinated, whole-of-government approach to IED defeat. 
  • C-IED efforts across the world have increased dramatically over the last decade, especially in the U.S., Middle East, and Africa. These improvised explosive devices pose a great danger to the Warfighter, as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement. New strategies, products, and more advanced training methods on these devices have become vital to assisting in Homeland defense.
  • This Symposium will highlight some of the important R&D efforts currently underway to address the rise of different forms of IED’s, specifically airborne and vehicle-borne, that are dramatically increasing the number of casualties across the globe. This event will also examine the different C-IED mitigation efforts that are being undertaken by the military to better achieve operational success.
  • The 2018 EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium brings together a whole-of-government approach with both military and civil offices, as well as key leaders in industry with the sole objective of advancing the mission critical needs of each respective community in IED defeat.
  • DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Symposium’s content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in the EOD/IED & Countermine community, as well as key policy-makers across military and civilian offices. 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.

DSI is Proud to Partner and Support the EOD Warrior Foundation


Topics to Be Covered at the 2018 Symposium:

  • – Shaping warfighter adaptability: Developing JIDO’s core capabilities to counter IED’s


  • – Supporting Navy’s intergovernmental C-IED efforts to save lives at home and abroad


  • – Guiding current countermine and EOD efforts to counter the growing asymmetric threat


  • – Developing public IED awareness through special training courses and awareness products


  • – Using innovative forensic techniques to examine IED’s for the purpose of neutralizing and eliminating threat networks 


  • – Conducting large-scale vehicle borne IED testing to address constantly changing HME threats 


  • – Enabling freedom of movement for the Warfighter in the sea and on the land through the rendering of explosive devices


  • – Addressing the operational needs and technology gaps within the C-IED S&T Community of Interest


  • – Integrating EOD tools onto unmanned vehicles to better prepare the Warfighter


  • – Guiding CBRNE operations that detect, identify, assess, render-safe, dismantle, and transfer WMD’s, IED’s, and other manmade hazards


  • – Developing operational capabilities to neutralize, render-safe and contain blast during improvised terrorist device and explosive response


  • – Combating new, offensive IED’s in various innovative ways for operational success

At Our Symposium 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 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 Symposium 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.


  • This Symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum.


  • (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission. Symposium is CLOSED TO PRESS / NO RECORDINGS

Participating organizations at last year’s Symposium:

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation, Robotic Research LLC, Rapiscan Systems, Applied Research Associates, Lockheed Martin, Institute for Defense Analyses, Detectachem, John Hopkins University, Advanced Threat Management, Inc., Dynasafe, SYNEXXUS, Kearney Group LLC, MITRE, BATELLE, Noblis ESI, Blueforce Development Corporation, Northrop Grumman, National Ground Intelligence Center, Darley Defense, Marine Corps Intelligence Activity Weapons & Technology Division, Dept of State, Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center, DHS/OBP, Metropolitan Police Department Bomb Squad, FBI, PEO IEW&S, TEDAC- FBI, EOD Warrior Foundation, TSA, DoD Unexploded Ordnance Center COE, CEHC/DCIED, 753rd EOD Camp Dawson, WV, OUSD(AT&L), Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell, NAVSEA 06-EXM (PMS 408), EOD Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head EOD Technology Division, Defense Threat Reduction Agency / Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization (DTRA/JIDO), USN EODTEU ONE, OPNAV N-95, 20th CBRNE CMD, 71ST Ordnance Group, NECC, PM CCS, ATF, ASD R&E, DHS S&T, US Army Pacific Command, NVESD-CERDEC, CTTSO, CASCOM, CJTF-HOA-USAFRICOM and many more!

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Advisory Board

DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings. In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all. Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.