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Pentagon-DHS Partnership Aims to Jointly Address IED Threats; William Stout Comments

ArmyChopperThe departments of Defense and Homeland Security have been working together to develop tools for countering anti-improvised explosive device systems, Defense Systems reported Friday.

Joey Cheng writes that the Defense Threat Reduction Agency continues to use the DHS-developed First Responder Support Tools app and has added a plume model to the system for atmospheric forecast.

First responders are using the map-based app to detect IED types and share data with other emergency personnel, according to the report.

The U.S. military has also built a system to protect soldiers from IEDs by blocking IED-triggering radio signals in an area, the report says.

“The ultimate goal is to make this capability available for first responder bomb squads in the future,” said William Stout, program manager at DHS’ S&T Directorate, told Defense Systems.

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