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JIEDDO to change name as mission broadens

Jun. 20, 2014 - 01:17PM   |  
A Stryker vehicle lies on its side after surviving a buried IED blast in 2007.
A Stryker vehicle lies on its side after surviving a buried IED blast in 2007. (Army)
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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will keep its counter-IED office but broaden its mission to respond to terrorist and insurgency surprises on the battlefield, in addition to combating roadside bombs.

The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) will also change its name to better reflect the new “integrated joint organization,” according to a Pentagon report sent to Congress this week. Defense News obtained a copy of the document.

“The Department has directed JIEDDO to transition the essential capabilities of JIEDDO to an integrated joint organization that enables tactical responsiveness and anticipatory acquisition to prepare for and react to battlefield [counterterrorism], [counterinsurgency], and other related mission areas including [counter]-IED,” the report states.

The report, which provides lawmakers an update on JIEDDO’s future, marks the first time the Pentagon has articulated the future role of the office, which was born over more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

JIEDDO’s restructuring plan will be developed over the summer but the final organizational structure will not be in place until 2017. However, the office will shrink dramatically in the coming years from more than 3,000 to approximately 975 personnel, the report states.

Also, the number of contractors used by the organization is expected to drop from a four-to-one ratio to a one-to-one ratio in 2015.

“We’re at a transition point, we know that,” Lt. Gen. John Johnson, JIEDDO director, said in February.

“JIEDDO has been very successful helping our military deal with a specific threat,” he said. “As we watch what’s going on around the world, we don’t see this threat diminishing.”

The Pentagon is expected to issue a final report on JIEDDO’s future in September.

Email: mweisgerber@defensenews.com.

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