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Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) brings together the largest full-spectrum energetics facility in the Department of Defense with the largest concentration of explosive ordnance disposal technology resources and information in the world.

Energetics are explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics, reactive materials, related chemicals and fuels used in propulsion systems and in ordnance.

U.S. Navy, DoD, and allied nations rely on NSWC IHEODTD for energetic systems solutions and EOD expertise.  If the military experience problems with current weapon systems, or encounter new threats on the battlefield, NSWC IHEODTD provides the solution. We support today’s and tomorrow’s warfighter through anticipating future needs and breakthrough discoveries.

One of nine Warfare Center divisions within the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) enterprise, the main site for NSWC IHEODTD is a 3,500-acre peninsula along the Potomac River on Naval Support Facility Indian Head, in Indian Head, Md.   The Division has a separate EOD Campus, also in Indian Head, Md., and detachment sites in McAlester, Oka.; Ogden, Utah; Louisville, Ky.; and Picatinny, N.J.

NSWC IHEODTD has the largest workforce in the DoD dedicated to energetics and EOD – nearly 2,000 strong and comprised of more than 800 scientists and engineers (more than 50 holding doctorates) and an expeditionary EOD team with more than 50 active duty military that exploits technology and contributes to the EOD technical intelligence process. The Division’s business base totals $1.4 billion.

The Division's unique synergy and balanced capabilities address all aspects of the energetics technical discipline including basic research, applied technology, technology demonstration, prototyping, engineering development, acquisition, low-rate production, in-service engineering/mishaps, failure investigations, surveillance, EOD technology/information, and demilitarization.


Provide research, development, engineering, manufacturing, test, evaluation and in-service support of energetic systems and energetic materials (chemicals, propellants and explosives) for ordnance, warheads, propulsion systems, pyrotechnic devices, fuzing, electronic devices, Cartridge Actuated Devices and Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PADs), Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation (PHS&T), gun systems and special weapons for Navy, Joint Forces and the Nation.  Develop and deliver Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technology, knowledge, tools and equipment and their life cycle support through an expeditionary work force which meets the needs of the Department of Defense, combatant commanders and our foreign and interagency partners.  Support the Executive Manager for EOD Technology and Training.  Execute other responsibilities as assigned by the Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center.

Indian Head Division
3767 Strauss Ave Ste 201 Bldg 20
Indian Head, MD  20640-5150
Tel:  301-744-4401

For more information about NSWC - Indian Head Division:
Adobe PDFIndian Head Focus Sheet
External web siteIndian Head Division Website

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