Firepower Conference addresses IED defeat mission

LTG Oates PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. – Picatinny was host to a national group of engineers, first responders, and industry and defense leaders during the 35th Annual National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Firepower Conference Sept. 28.

Army Lt. Gen Michael L. Oates, director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), was the keynote speaker at the conference, which focused on Combating Terrorism and Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Oates also toured several labs on the arsenal to view how technologies are developed here to help warfighters combat IEDs in Afghanistan.

“In the time I’ve been here today, we’ve probably lost one or two Soldiers to IEDs – that’s how serious the situation is,” Oates said. “In Iraq and Afghanistan, there is still an IED threat, so coming here today and seeing what the workforce can do for us is very important.”

Photo caption: Army Lt. Gen Michael L. Oates, director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) gets a hands-on look at the Ripsaw – a remotely operated, weaponized vehicle designed to provide IED defeat capability – during his visit to Picatinny Arsenal Sept. 28.

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Army debuts new tool to defeat IEDs

Army debuts new tool to defeat IEDs
Soldiers spoke and the Army listened. Officials will debut a new device designed to combat the deadly threat of improvised explosive devices during a Florida conference later this month.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s tank and automotive center will publically display its newest technology for the first time at the National Defense Industry Association’s Ground Robotic Capabilities Conference and Exhibition March 16-18 in Miami, Fla.

The Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center will display military robots in a an industry-wide push for interoperability during the event. To highlight the theme “Dual Role of Robotics Technologies – Public and Private Sector,” the conference will bring together Warfighters, first responders, and government and industry technology professionals to address increased responsiveness to user needs.
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Tune in to Armed with Science, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3

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We’ll be listening to RDECOM Scientist Tom Meitzler talk with Armed with Science Wednesday on blogtalkradio. Dr. Thomas Meitzler from RDECOM’s Tank, Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, and Dr. Joy Hirsch, professor at Columbia University and director of the Program for Imaging and Cognitive Sciences, will discuss a collaborative study to determine what areas of the brain are susceptible to damage and measure the neural circuitry engagement for TBI patients. Tune in to Armed with Science 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 to listen!