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Threat and Countermeasure Information Development and Dissemination for EOD, IED, and CREW

Provides explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), foreign material acquisition (FMA) and exploitation (FME), intelligence analysis, electronic and mechanical engineering, and EOD response procedural development knowledge and facilities to collect information regarding improvised explosive devices (IEDs), improvised nuclear devices (INDs), weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and conventional & unconventional ordnance; perform analysis of IEDs, INDs, WMDs, conventional & unconventional ordnance and associated components and enemy tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs); develop systems of relevant data to support EOD-related decision-making and response capabilities; and develop and deliver threat information and countermeasures dissemination methods for the Joint Service EOD (JSEOD) community. Provides operational and tactical counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device electronic warfare (CREW) life cycle integration of data and data management to support delivery of authoritative information for CREW systems, threat characteristics and countermeasure information for CREW developers and users worldwide.

Technology Development and Integration for EOD, IED, and CREW

Provides scientific and engineering knowledge and facilities to develop and integrate the technologies required to provide the Joint service explosive ordnance disposal (JSEOD) community the ability to detect/locate, access, identify, render safe, recover/exploit, and dispose of conventional ordnance, weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The capability includes science and technology (S&T); research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E); and acquisition efforts to identify, develop, deliver, and provide full life cycle support for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) related sensors, explosive detection equipment, ordnance locators, underwater/countermine technologies, radiographic equipment, explosive neutralization tools, disruptors to permit remote access, identification, neutralization and recovery of IEDs and associated components. Provides scientific and engineering knowledge and facilities to develop and integrate the technologies required to provide the counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device electronic warfare (CREW) systems. The capability includes S&T for both Joint service EOD (JSEOD) users and the Joint CREW (JCREW) community. This capability also includes RDT&E and acquisition efforts associated with the development, delivery and the full life cycle support of CREW technologies for JSEOD users.

Energetic and Ordnance Component and Ordnance Systems for S&T, Emergent and National Need Requirements

Provides the scientific and engineering knowledge, expertise, and facilities for the science and technology (S&T), materials research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E), scale-up, and manufacturing technology for energetic and ordnance component and ordnance systems for emergent and national needs. Includes the synthesis, development, scale-up, selection, characterization and application of specialty energetic chemicals, explosives, propellants, reactive materials, ignition materials, pyrotechnic materials, energetic ordnance system materials, and energetic and ordnance components (including initiation train systems and micro electro mechanical systems (MEMs) devices) and ordnance systems for emergent and national needs. Develops and validates manufacturing technologies and specialty energetic chemicals and materials. Includes the Navy Energetic Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence, which is responsible for the application of state of the art equipment and processing techniques to the development and manufacture of new or existing energetic materials and components. Supports ordnance environmental compliance, explosive decontamination, demilitarization, and explosive safety. Applies active and passive technologies, MEMS sensors, and embedded sensors for real-time health and inventory management of energetic and ordnance components and ordnance systems (excluding missile all-up-round applications). Applies energetics and energetic system technologies to the prediction, detection, prevention, neutralization, lethality, target vulnerability, and effects mitigation of non-lethal, conventional warfare and non-conventional warfare items. Provides the science and technology (S&T) for packaging, handling, storage, and transportation (PHS&T) for ordnance including the application of joint modular packaging and container technologies and handling equipment.

Energetic and Ordnance Components and Ordnance Systems for Air Warfare

Provides the scientific and engineering knowledge, expertise, and facilities for the research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E), acquisition engineering, in-service engineering, logistics management, ordnance assessment, maintenance, and manufacture of energetic and ordnance component and ordnance systems for air warfare applications. Energetic and ordnance component and ordnance systems include propellants, explosives, pyrotechnic materials (except for flares and illuminators), aircraft guns and ammunition, bombs, fuzes, jet assisted take-off/rocket assisted take-off (JATO/RATO) systems, rockets and rocket motors, safe-arm devices, warheads, and energetic payloads for unmanned systems. The capability includes cartridge actuated devices /propellant actuated devices (CAD/PADs) and similar devices in support of aircraft, missile and target subsystems (e.g. aircrew escape, stores/bomb rack, electronic counter-measure (ECM), fire extinguisher, and non-strategic missile flight components). Provides the RDT&E, acquisition engineering, and in-service engineering (ISE) for the packaging, handling, storage, and transportation (PHS&T) of air warfare energetic and ordnance components and ordnance systems.

Energetic and Ordnance Components and Ordnance Systems for Surface Warfare

Provides the scientific and engineering knowledge, expertise, and facilities for the research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E), acquisition engineering, in-service engineering (ISE), logistics management, ordnance assessment, maintenance, and manufacture of energetic and ordnance component and ordnance systems for surface warfare applications. Energetic and ordnance component and ordnance systems include propellants, explosives, pyrotechnic materials (except for flares and illuminators), fuzes, gas generators, rocket motors, safe-arm devices, warheads, shock and special test charges, and energetic payloads for unmanned systems. Provides explosive lethality and target vulnerability (including foreign systems) assessment. Provides the RDT&E, acquisition engineering, and in-service engineering for the packaging, handling, storage, and transportation (PHS&T) of surface warfare energetic and ordnance components and ordnance systems. The capability includes in-service engineering, logistics management support, acquisition and development support, and test and evaluation for surface guns and gun systems. The capability provides acquisition engineering, in-service engineering and field maintenance support to provide safe, reliable and effective surface ammunition to the Department of the Navy.

Energetic and Ordnance Components and Ordnance Systems for Expeditionary and Undersea Warfare

Provides the scientific and engineering knowledge, expertise, and facilities for the research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E), acquisition engineering, in-service engineering, logistics management, ordnance assessment, maintenance, and manufacture of energetic and ordnance component and ordnance systems for Expeditionary and Undersea warfare applications. Energetic and ordnance component and ordnance systems include propellants, explosives, pyrotechnic materials (except for flares and illuminators), fuzes, gas generators, rocket motors, safe-arm devices, warheads, assigned hand emplaced explosive devices, mortars, and ordnance subsystems, including energetic payloads, for unmanned systems, non-lethal systems, mine and mine countermeasures and breaching systems. Provides explosive lethality and target vulnerability (including foreign systems) assessment. Applies energetics and energetic system technologies to the prediction, detection, prevention, neutralization and effects mitigation of conventional warfare items and unconventional warfare items including non-lethal systems and improvised explosive device (IED) systems, and energetic support to counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) system efforts and the neutralization of chemical-biological warfare items. Provides the RDT&E, acquisition engineering, and in-service engineering for the packaging, handling, storage, and transportation (PHS&T) of expeditionary and undersea warfare energetic and ordnance components and ordnance systems. The capability provides acquisition engineering in-service engineering and field maintenance support to provide safe, reliable and effective expeditionary ammunition to the Department of the Navy. The capability excludes small arms and custom ammunition in support of Special Operation Forces.

EOD Unmanned Systems

Ensures proper integration of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) tools on unmanned vehicles. By coupling the organizationally and physically resident Joint service explosive ordnance disposal (JSEOD) warfighter representation (JSEOD Military Test and Acceptance Board (MTAB)) with an engineering and logistics workforce possessing extensive knowledge of robotics, this capability provides focused, responsive, and integrated robotics solutions to JSEOD requirements. Provides full life cycle technical support of ground EOD robotic vehicles. This includes the scientific and engineering knowledge and facilities needed for the concept development, engineering, integration, test & evaluation, assessment, and integrated logistic support of the technologies required to satisfy EOD mission requirements.