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Pentagon Renames JIEDDO as Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency; Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson Comments

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PentagonThe Defense Department has replaced the name of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to reflect the group’s new mission against improvised weapons and other threats.

The renamed Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency will work to help battlefield commanders prepare uniformed personnel to counter threats posed by IEDs and terrorism through requirements validation, investments in platforms and awareness of capability gaps, JIDA said Monday.

JIDA will also provide operational planning and tactical responsiveness training to joint force chiefs by educating them on the use of improvised explosives by threat networks.

“While we have changed our name and expanded our mission, the transition should be seamless to the warfighters we support daily,” Lt. Gen. John D. Johnson, director of JIDA.

“We are in the business of helping warfighters adapt.”

The Pentagon reclassified JIEDDO as a combat support agency in March under the administration of the defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics.

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