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

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


The Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Low-Intensity Conflict Program provides Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal (JSEOD) 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.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Low-Intensity Conflict (EOD/LIC) Program provides advanced technology development covering the full spectrum of EOD and SOF mission requirements in the areas of access and disablement; remote operations and advanced mobility; detection, diagnostics and analysis; command, control and communications; and operations sustainability and management. The EOD/LIC Program delivers capabilities in tools and technologies for detection, identification, onsite evaluation, rendering safe, recovery, and final disposal of unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices. 

The EOD/LIC Program establishes and delivers a highly capable resource of Department of Defense EOD personnel, who are the only trained and authorized forces tasked by DoD with the mission of rendering safe unexploded ordnance, including U.S. and foreign conventional, chemical, nuclear ordnance, and IEDs. Through its strategic placement within the CTTSO, EOD/LIC leverages interagency relationships and bilateral agreements with five partner nations to co-fund projects that extend the EOD and SOF communities’ technology reach. 

Focus Areas

Remote Operations and Advanced Mobility

Remote Operations and Advanced MobilityDevelop capabilities to remotely approach, enter, and conduct reconnaissance operations in hazard areas and danger zones. Enhance mobility-related technologies and equipment to facilitate safely approaching, operating in, and withdrawing from hazardous environments. Develop systems and technologies to gather and store operational information for transmission to operational personnel and unit commanders. Improve technologies for the relocation of unexploded ordnance, hazardous materials, and improvised devices.

Access and Disablement

Access and DisablementDevelop tools to quickly and efficiently breach or gain access to structures, barriers, vehicles, and containers. Develop chemical, mechanical, electrical, and explosively actuated systems for the neutralization and disruption of unexploded ordnance and improvised devices. Improve technologies for rendering fuzing and firing systems inoperable.


Detection, Diagnostics, and Analysis

Detection, Diagnostics, and AnalysisDevelop tools to locate and verify the presence of improvised devices, unexploded ordnance, booby traps, and other threats. Develop technologies to determine the specific type, condition, and characteristics of unexploded ordnance and improvised device components and the specific hazards associated with each. Improve methods to analyze and evaluate improvised device construction.


Sustainability and Operations Management

Sustainability and Operations ManagementDevelop tools and equipment to enhance situational awareness and operational capability during incident response or direct action operations. Develop human performance improvement tools that foster the advancement of knowledge related to unexploded ordnance, improvised devices, and enhanced hazard environments. Develop tools and training for conducting novel and advanced missions related to improvised devices and hazardous environments.