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The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) is charged with providing a forum for interagency and international users to discuss mission requirements to combat terrorism, prioritize those requirements, fund and manage solutions, and deliver capabilities. The CTTSO accomplishes these objectives through rapid prototyping of novel solutions developed and field-tested before the traditional acquisition systems are fully engaged.

The CTTSO is the parent organization that oversees the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), the Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Low-Intensity Conflict (EOD/LIC) program, and the Irregular Warfare Support (IWS) program.

The TSWG’s mission is to identify and prioritize the needs of the national interagency community through research and development programs for combatting terrorism requirements. The TSWG is divided into the following nine capability areas, or subgroups:

Advanced Analytic Capabilities (AAC)

Advanced Analytic Capabilities (AAC)

The AAC Subgroup identifies, prioritizes, and executes research and development projects that satisfy interagency requirements to improve sense-making, decision-making, and data management for counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, stabilization/reconstruction missions, and cyber defense. The subgroup focuses on the development and integration of analytic tools and associated processes at the tactical level to include operational level interface.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE)

The CBRNE Subgroup identifies, prioritizes, and executes research and development projects that satisfy the needs of the interagency combating terrorism community to counter the employment of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive materials. The subgroup delivers capabilities to the community through rapid research, development, test, and evaluation.

EOD/LIC

Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Low-Intensity Conflict (EOD/LIC)

The EOD/LIC Program provides Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians and special operations forces operators with the advanced technologies and mission-focused solutions required to address current and emerging threats presented by unconventional and asymmetric warfare.

Improvised Device Defeat/Explosives Countermeasures (IDD/EC)

The IDD/EC Subgroup identifies, prioritizes, and executes projects that satisfy mission critical needs and addresses interagency requirements for advanced technologies to safely and effectively defeat improvised terrorist devices.

 

Investigative and Forensic Science (IFS)

The IFS Subgroup identifies, prioritizes, and executes research and development projects of multi-agency interest that provide investigative and forensic support to terrorist-related counteraction, investigations, and analysis.

 

IWS

Irregular Warfare/Evolving Threats (IW/ET)

The IW/ET Program develops adaptive and agile ways and means to support irregular warfare in the current and evolving strategic environments. The program supports joint, interagency, and international partners who conduct irregular warfare through indirect and asymmetric approaches with solutions to erode an adversary’s power, influence, and will. The program identifies materiel and non-materiel solutions via operational analysis, concept development, field experimentation, and spiral delivery of capabilities to defeat the motivations, sanctuaries, and enterprises of targeted state and non-state actors.

Personnel Protection (PP)

The PP Subgroup identifies, prioritizes, and executes research and development projects that will provide advanced tools, techniques, and guidelines to satisfy interagency requirements for enhanced personnel security.

 

Physical Security (PS) 

The PS Subgroup identifies and prioritizes interagency physical security requirements to protect forces, vital equipment, and facilities against terrorist attacks, execute research and development projects that address those requirements, and transition successful prototypes into programs of record or into immediate field use to meet urgent operational needs.

 

Surveillance, Collection, and Operations Support (SCOS)

The SCOS Subgroup identifies, prioritizes, and executes research and development projects that satisfy interagency requirements for supporting intelligence collection and special operations directed against terrorist activities.

 

Tactical Operations Support (TOS)

The TOS Subgroup identifies, prioritizes, and executes research and development projects that enhance the capabilities of DoD and interagency special operations tactical teams engaged in finding, fixing, and finishing terrorists. This includes the development of capabilities for state and local law enforcement agencies to combat domestic terrorism.

 

Training Technology Development (TTD)

The TTD Subgroup identifies, prioritizes, and executes projects that satisfy interagency requirements for the development and delivery of combating terrorism related education, training, and mission performance support products and technologies.

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