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Unexploded Ordnance Clearance: A Coordinated Approach to Requirements and Technology Development.
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGTON DC
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The Department of Defense DoD is in the process of establishing an effective, fully-coordinated, requirements-driven research and development program for Unexploded Ordnance UXO Clearance technology. This program will coordinate and leverage technology advancements across the five DoD UXO Clearance mission areas Countermine, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Humanitarian Demining, Active Range Clearance, and UXO Environmental Remediation. An integral component of DoDs technology plan for UXO Clearance and detection is the development of private sector capabilities to perform these functions-for Active Range Clearance and Environmental Remediation. The vast acreage at closing and active bases that require UXO clearance will require industry to play a leading role in developing improved detection and clearance technologies for these important missions. The need for such a program has emerged over the past few years as U.S. involvement in operations other than war and post conflict humanitarian concerns have gained importance and as DoD has undertaken the closure of installations contaminated with UXO. As requirements for UXO clearance have increased, it has become apparent that similar technologies may be applied to UXO clearance activities in each of these areas. Such a coordinated technology development approach would not only be beneficial to the multiple user communities, but also to DoD to make efficient use of resources.
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