Summary of Data-Gathering Meetings
The Committee on Defeating Improvised Explosive Devices: Basic Research to Interrupt the IED Delivery Chain held three data-gathering meetings between November 2005 and April 2006. During these meetings, the committee received briefings from government officials, academics, and outside experts on the IED threat, IED countermeasures, terrorism, and insurgency.
November 7-8, 2005, in Washington, D.C. Briefings received from the following. Office of Naval Research (ONR): briefings on current ONR investments and counter-IED research efforts and purpose of the study and charge to the committee; Combating Terrorism Technology Task Force: IED threat and challenges facing the Department of Defense; Joint IED Defeat Task Force1: briefing on the role of the JIEDDTF and joint concept of operations. Briefings from the following university affiliated research centers on basic research efforts to counter IEDs: Applied Research Laboratories of the University of Texas, Applied Research Laboratory of the University of Washington, Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University, and Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University. Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia National Laboratories: briefings on counter-IED research ongoing at the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories; Technology Support Working
Group: briefing on the IED threat and currently deployed counter-IED technologies.
February 8-9, 2006, in Washington, D.C. Briefings received from the following. Office of Naval Research: briefing on ONR sponsored counter-IED research and ONR coordination with the JIEDDO and the Joint Laboratory Board; Office of the Secretary of Defense, Combating Terrorism Technology Task Force (CTTTF): briefing on the IED threat and insurgency; The Naval Postgraduate School: lessons from a graduate IED course; Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Military and Security Studies Program: briefing on the use of IEDs in Iraq and the Middle East; Institute for Defense Analyses, Joint Advanced Warfighting Program: briefing on the IED threat in Iraq; Breakout sessions with representatives from various federal agencies were held to receive briefings and participate in roundtable discussions on government counter-IED programs.2
April 18-19, 2006, in Washington, D.C. Briefings received from the following. Office of Naval Research: briefing on ONR sponsored counter-IED research; Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering: briefing on the Department of Defense counter-IED investment portfolio; Army Research Laboratory, Air Force Research Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory: briefings on counter-IED research ongoing at the DoD service laboratories; Case Western Reserve University, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy: presentation on the legal aspects of countering IEDs; Core Operations Analysis Group (COAG): briefing on COAG support to the Joint IED Defeat Organization; Joint IED Defeat Organization: briefing on the IED threat, campaign, and future requirements; Breakout sessions with representatives from the RAND corporation, ONR, the Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, the DoD Joint Robotics Program Office, the Naval Research Laboratory and an independent consultant were held to discuss counter-IED research programs.