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More than 10,000 Improvised Explosive Device (IED) events have occurred in 112 countries since January of 2011. IEDs continue to be a weapon of choice of our adversaries—criminals, insurgents and terrorists, alike. These networks use IEDs because they are cheap, readily available, easy to construct and lethal.

Protection against IEDs is a must for soldiers, and their IED knowledge could be the difference between life and death. That’s where the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) comes in.

 To ensure troops are armed with the most up-to-date counter-IED information, JEIDDO and Lockheed Martin revamped the JIEDDO Knowledge and Information Fusion Exchange (JKnIFE) website. Now, anyone with a Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC), has a one-stop-shop to find the most relevant and comprehensive Counter-IED resources.

 “To effectively counter IEDs, you need to know what to look for, understand how they work, be up-to-date on the latest trends and complete training on the most current counter strategies,” said Tom Bower, Lockheed Martin’s JKnIFE program manager. “Our forces and allies experience and learn new IED-related information every day, and before JKnIFE, there was no single place soldiers could reference for the latest information. Now, with JKnIFE, the information is all at their fingertips, just one click away.”

 The new site is faster and more efficient, and offers users an improved Counter-IED operational picture that prepares joint-force members to be safe and successful in the field. Website features include:

  • Current IED facts and training materials
  • Counter-IED Task Force reports
  • IED information submitted by end users
  • Customizable searches and real-life graphics
  • Response to information requests within 24 hours

 “We’re proud of our partnership with JEIDDO and are committed to ensuring the JKnIFE website is always there to support the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms,” added Bower.

Posted August 29, 2013

  • Lockheed Martin teamed with JIEDDO to better educate soldiers about today’s emerging modern battlefield threat IEDs.


U.S. Marine Corps use a metal detector during Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) training at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, April 3, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Tammy K. Hineline)