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Edition: Tue, April 11, 2006
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Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization

What is it? The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) was established to coordinate efforts among Department of Defense and international agencies to help eliminate the threat posed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). IEDs are defined as make-shift or "homemade" bombs often used by enemy forces to destroy military convoys. They are currently the leading cause of casualties to troops deployed in Iraq.

What has the Army done? The JIEDDO was created as an Army Task Force in the fall of 2003, and made joint in July 2004. The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force all provide representatives to the task force with the majority coming from the Army. The task force is not only inter-service, but interagency and multinational. Since 2003, the JIEDDO has invested about $378 million toward the acquisition of technology to counteract radio-controlled devices used to detonate IEDs. The devices, called Counter Remote-controlled IED Devices - Electronic Warfare, (Crew), exist in several vehicle-mounted forms to assist in the defeat of IEDs. According to JIEDDO statistics, there has been a 45 percent decrease in the rate of IED casualties since April 2004. An estimated 30-40 percent of IEDs are found and rendered harmless before being detonated.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army will continue to provide all required personnel and information to assist the JIEDDO.

Why is this important to the Army? The JIEDDO is focused on defeating the weapon causing the greatest amounts of casualties in Iraq. This Task Force provides technology and training for our Soldiers to help them survive attacks from package, vehicle-borne and suicide bomb IEDs. The Task Force has developed solutions that have been fielded and are saving lives of Soldiers today. Maintaining support for the task force is required to remain ahead of the changing enemy and to continue to decrease casualties caused by IEDs.

The content for this focus came directly from the 2006 Army Posture Statement-Addendum J.

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