2021 Eastern National Robot Rodeo
The use of advanced robotics in public safety and military bomb squad communities has grown significantly over the past few decades. As technology increases, bomb technicians need to better understand capabilities and limitations of these systems in order to align industry research and development (R&D) with needs of responders based on real world applications. The ENRR brings together experienced operators from military and public safety bomb squads to evaluate new and emerging robotic capabilities in real world operating environments.
In partnership, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC); the Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Office for Bombing Prevention (DHS CISA OBP); the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division (NSWC IHD), and the United Kingdom Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (UK-Dstl) is sponsoring the 5th annual ENRR. The event is hosted at the NSWC IHEODTD, the city of Indian Head and Charles County, Maryland with support of the United States Bomb Technicians Association (USBTA).
The ENRR exposes active members of military and public safety bomb squads to new products and technology, while providing real-time feedback (i.e., as part of an Operational Evaluation) to event facilitators sponsors and supporting vendors. Dr. John Olive, Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Subject Matter Expert said “The ENRR allows us to identify potential operational requirement gaps through challenging, real world scenarios, and provides exposure to available robotic technologies.” This multi-agency event provides an opportunity for participants to network with other bomb technicians and exchange information on tactics, techniques, and procedures.
Participants will have an opportunity to utilize various robotics technology in a myriad of complex urban scenarios designed to replicate commonly encountered threats across the nation.
This includes the following:
• IED and VBIED Disablement
• CONOPS – Joint (DoD – Public Safety) Event
• TTPs – Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
• Transportation – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Eastern National Robot Rodeo
Ian Summerhayes, Dstl, EOD Robotics & Autonomous Systems (RAS) Technical Lead, “The ENRR and CAPEX event enables Dstl and UK MOD to observe, ‘test drive’ and understand the utility of the latest EOD robotic technologies in real world scenarios and challenging environments. In addition, user feedback helps identify technology shortfalls supports future requirements development & where to focus research effort to fast track capability to front line commands.” MSgt Justin Frewin, USAF EOD Equipment PM, “The opportunity to bring military EOD and public safety bomb technicians into a combined training event is crucial to generating innovation and development of new technology within the robot manufacturingcommunity.”
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