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Who We Are

As a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, and part of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Establishment, NSWC IHD is the Navy’s premier facility for ordnance, energetics and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) solutions. We support the warfighter of today and tomorrow through discoveries that anticipate the next generation’s future needs.

What are Energetics?

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

Command Overview

As the Department of Defense’s (DoD) largest full-spectrum energetics facility and the Navy’s energetic enterprise leader, NSWC IHD employs a primarily Maryland-based workforce of nearly 2,700. NSWC IHD also has two official detachments and six off-site locations, including sites in Picatinny, New Jersey; McAlester, Oklahoma; Rock Island, Illinois; and Ogden, Utah; and employees stationed throughout the world.

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

When the military experiences problems with current weapon systems or encounters new threats on the battlefield, NSWC IHD answers the call to provide the solution.

Command Leadership
NSWC IHD Commanding Officer Captain Stephen Duba
Captain Stephen C. Duba, USN
Commanding Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division
Ashley G. Johnson, Technical Director NSWC IHEODTD
Ashley G. Johnson
Technical Director, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division
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