Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, FY 2009
JOINT IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DEFEAT ORGANIZATION (JIEDDO) WASHINGTON DC
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The Department of Defense DoD established the Joint IED Defeat Organization JIEDDO in February 2006 to meet an urgent and compelling need to counter improvised explosive devices IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, JIEDDO has provided significant capabilities to warfighters - enabling IED network attack, enabling IED detection and defeat, and providing leading-edge counter-IED training to our men and women in uniform. This Annual Report provides an accounting of JIEDDOs significant efforts in Fiscal Year 2009. Highlights include Orchestrating a 3.1 billion effort to develop and deliver counter-IED capabilities on abbreviated timelines. Improving effectiveness in developing and fusing information to understand and enable attacks against IED networks and pushing that information forward to troops in theater. Posturing JIEDDO to meet long-term DoD needs to counter IEDs as weapons of strategic influence. At the end of 2009, JIEDDO continued to deliver urgently needed counter-IED capabilities to U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, where IED use dramatically escalated in 2009. On a positive note, IED use continued to decline in Iraq. Elsewhere in the world, violent extremists employed, on average, more than 250 IEDs per month. Notably, IED networks continued to demonstrate remarkably rapid IED innovation cycles. We are in an extended era of persistent conflict that spans the globe. IEDs figure prominently as the weak adversarys weapon of choice - continuing a several-century trend. To counter the persistent IED threat, our nation needs new and improved counter-IED capabilities with an eye toward leaping beyond the terrorists next innovation. As we move forward in 2010 and beyond, the men and women of JIEDDO remain committed to putting improved counter-IED capabilities in the hands of Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen wherever they serve.
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