Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence

Tuesday November 29, 2011

What is it?

The Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence serves as the Department of Defense's (DOD) clearinghouse for the coordination of research, development, testing and evaluation efforts that have application to the detection and neutralization of explosive hazards. Its overall purpose is to develop and/or acquire, in a cost-effective and efficient manner, explosive hazards technology meeting user requirements, while reducing the potential for duplication of efforts.

Principal members of the Center of Excellence are: The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, and the service secretaries.

What has the Army done?

The Secretary of the Army delegated Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence responsibilities to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, with further delegation authorized. As such, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (DASA ESOH) acts to ensure that the center executes its responsibilities to provide the DOD explosives hazards community value added support.

In addition to carrying out directive responsibilities, the DASA ESOH manages the small Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence staff located at Fort Belvoir, Va., which carries out the day-to-day operations.

What does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will continue a robust explosive hazards research, development, testing and evaluation effort to address current and future explosive hazards threats.

Why is this important to the Army?

With Soldiers deployed throughout the world and under the constant threat of explosive hazards such as improvised explosive devices, mines, and other unexploded ordnance, an organization such as the Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence is already postured and working to effectively and efficiently support the Army to better understand and leverage the DOD's existing and future efforts towards the development of explosive hazards material solutions. Potentially, the Army will avoid duplicating existing efforts that will result in saved funding and effort, expedient transition of material solutions, and ultimately meeting requirements more efficiently and effectively.


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