U.S. military forces make their latest appeal for rapidly deployable counter-IED technologies

ARLINGTON, Va., 19 June 2012. Officials of the U.S. Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) in Arlington, Va., are reaching out to industry for the latest technologies for locating and defeating roadside bombs known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

JIEDDO issued a broad-agency announcement (BAA-12-02) last week for the Rapid Development of Counter IED Capabilities program, which seeks new capabilities to defeat IEDs deployed against U.S. forces anywhere in the world, which can be developed and deployed within six months to two years from contract award. JIEDDO also is interested in young counter-IED technologies with high potential (story continues below).

Of particular JIEDDO are counter-IED technologies for pre-detonation, or the ability to explode at the time and place of the warfighter's choosing; counter-threat networking that can disable IED builders, suppliers, financiers, and distributors; detection to determine the locations of emplaced IEDs; counter-devices that can neutralize IEDs before detonation or mitigate the effects of their explosions.

In addition, JIEDDO officials are interested in counter-IED technologies that can help U.S. and allied forces locate, avoid and neutralize IEDs that use atypical explosives; information fusion to help them gather and analyze information for situational awareness; and weapons technical intelligence (WTI) that help them collect information to understand threat networks, IEDs, and components for planning and operations.

JIEDDO officials ask only that industry proposals involve technologies and approaches that are relevant to current U.S. military operations, and are technically feasible, in addition to quickly deployable.

Companies interested should send proposals no later than 4 Oct. 2012 via the JIEDDO BAA Information Delivery System (BIDS), which is online at https://bids.acqcenter.com/JIEDDO.

JIEDDO officials have a library of information available online at www.jieddo.dod.mil/resources that outlines JIEDDO's capability gaps, emerging critical initiatives, new developments, studies, documents, and other counter-IED items of interest.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/notices/9fab8c7c7f1b09c9a00a9570443211a2.

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