NSWC IHEODTD – a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), a Department of Defense (DoD) Energetics Center, the DoD EOD Technology Program lead and part of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Enterprise – is the leader in ordnance, energetics and EOD solutions.
The Division focuses on energetics research, development, testing, evaluation, in-service support and disposal; and provides warfighters solutions to detect, locate, access, identify, render safe, recover, exploit and dispose of explosive ordnance threats.
We support the warfighter of today and of tomorrow through discoveries that anticipate the next generation’s future needs
What are Energetics?
Energetics are explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics, reactive materials, related chemicals and fuels. Energetics are used in propulsion systems and ordnance.
As the largest DoD full-spectrum energetics facility and leader of the Navy’s energetic enterprise, NSWC IHEODTD employs a primarily Maryland-based workforce of nearly 2,100 strong. In addition to those located in Maryland, the Division also has employees in Picatinny, N.J., McAlester, Oka., Ogden, Utah, and around the globe. Within that workforce, more than 800 are scientists and engineers.
The Division’s unique synergy and balanced capabilities address all aspects of the energetics technical discipline including basic research, applied technology, technology demonstration, prototyping, engineering development, acquisition, low-rate production, in-service engineering/mishaps, failure investigations, surveillance, EOD technology/information, and demilitarization.
When the military experience problems with current weapon systems, or encounter new threats on the battlefield, NSWC IHEODTD answers the call to provide the solution.
Unique Cradle-to-Grave Energetics Capabilities
• IHEODTD’s CAD/PAD Joint Program Office provides unified life-cycle management of cartridge actuated and propellant actuated devices for the joint services. They employ “best practices” to improve resource management, contracting, facilities, training, and streamline science and technology.
• IHEODTD is the nation’s only design and development agent for underwater warheads and explosives.
• IHEODTD is designated as the Navy’s Manufacturing Technology Center for Energetics.
• IHEODTD is the free-world’s sole provider of OTTO Fuel II for both domestic and foreign torpedoes.
• IHEODTD’s explosive modeling experts have jointly developed high fidelity underwater hydrocodes (DYSMAS) with German researchers, providing the Navy a capability to accurately predict underwater explosive performance and affects for a wide variety of lethality and vulnerability applications. Extensions of DYSMAS are now used to help improve future ship hull designs.
• IHEODTD provides real-time technical support to Explosive Ordnance Disposal responders, and specializes in develop and delivering technology, knowledge, tools, equipment, training and life cycle support for the joint services.
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Department
The Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Department provides RDT&E of energetic materials and of technologies to evaluate energetic materials and ordnance. In addition, the department also provides the scientific foundation needed to determine the behavior and suitability of energetic materials for ordnance applications.
The EOD Department develops, tests, plans, deploys, and maintains current, safe and effective tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP). Using state-of-the-art database systems, EOD information is rapidly processed and disseminated to EOD technicians around the world in an easy-to-use media format. The Technical Support Center (TSC) is engaged 24/7 and is ready to provide EOD-related consulting and information research services.
The command is the honest broker for technical evaluation of rapid development systems and commercial off-the-shelf products (i.e. robotics, explosives detection, anti-terrorism⁄force protection, and other EOD systems).
The primary customers for the command’s products and services are the joint service EOD operators; however, the EOD Department partners with other U.S. government entities and foreign governments to create synergies and share pertinent information.
The Systems Engineering Department is the principal agent for maintaining the DoD’s application of energetics to fleet needs and missions. The department plans and executes the application of energetics from the earliest stage of acquisition development through actual item fielding, in-service & logistics support, ordnance assessment, and final demilitarization phases. The E Department maintains the core technical capabilities of energetic applications through expertise areas in warheads, propulsion, fuzing, energetic materials, safety, modeling, simulation and electronic interfaces for energetic systems. NSWC IHEODTD is at the front line for the planning and execution of energetic projects in all DoD and national interest mission areas.
The Systems Integration Department functions as the Navy Integrated Specialty Site for Guns, Ammunition and PHS&T (Packaging, Handling, Storage and Transportation) to maximize the readiness levels of affordable and effective ordnance and combat systems equipment in the fleet by performing rigorous program management, in-service engineering, logistics support services and acquisition engineering. The department provides comprehensive program management of 2T Cog (surface) ammunition. In addition, the G department provides Fleet, Program Managers, and other customers in-service acquisition engineering support for Conventional Ammunition.
The Energetics Manufacturing Department provides development, scale-up, full-scale demonstration, and destructive and nondestructive testing of energetic formulations for chemicals, munitions, explosives, propellants, pyrotechnics, and energetic ingredients. The department also maintains and develops state-of-the art facilities for the development, manufacture, and test of energetic products in support of DoD. In addition, the M Department serves as the Navy’s single CAD/PAD stock and issue point. The department also provides quality engineering support and services and maintains the activity’s hardware inspection and machine shop.
NSWC IHEODTD unique facilities include:
• Chemical scale-up labs
• Country’s only energetic-certified
Micro-electro mechanical systems, or
MEMS, development lab
• Twin-screw extrusion processing
• Largest detonation science bomb-proofs
• Robot range
• Foreign ordnance electronics
• Magnetic signature test facility
• Ordnance disassembly complex
• Radiography, photography laboratories
• Explosive test ranges
• Hypervelocity test facility
• Oxygen cleaning laboratory
• Model shop
• EOD diver complex
NSWC IHEODTD’s full-spectrum facilities and system engineering expertise allows for energetics to be sustained as a national asset. In addition, ongoing global events and evolving threats have reemphasized how critical the EOD mission is to homeland defense and the warfighter. Our Division’s capability to synergize across the organization provides the Navy and nation a core capability unmatched anywhere
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Military: 54 Civilians: 1,884 Contractors: 348 Total Employees: 2,286