How to Do Business with JIDO

The Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) invites and engages industry, academia and national labs to solicit counter-IED solutions, and encourages proactive teaming among the institutions to address defeating the IED.

JIDO's intention is to solicit counter-IED proposals (including quad charts and white papers) for the Department of Defense. The DoD is seeking innovative near-term counter-IED capabilities that can be rapidly developed, demonstrated and fielded within six-to-18 months. JIDO's will only select proposals that can be fielded within 18 months from contract award.


JIDA has built a strong network of partners both inside the Department of Defense as well as within the interagency, industry, academia, and government. This network of resources works to arrive at solutions that meet warfighter capability gaps countering today’s improvised threats as well as against those JIDA anticipates will pose a threat in the near future. JIDA’s technology investments today include:

  • Countering vehicle-attached IEDs
  • Creating electronic countermeasures for advanced wireless signals and techniques
  • Developing standoff detection
  • Innovating new predictive algorithms
  • Researching Robotics to include autonomy and counter-autonomy
  • Anticipating dual use technologies and countering multi use technologies for novel threat identification
  • Improving data analytics to include collection, visualization, and dissemination capabilities
  • Neutralizing IEDs for mounted, dismounted missions, including pre-detonation and man-portable solutions
  • Detecting and defeating Improvised Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS)
  • Countering the use of tunnels as an improvised threat through improved detection and mapping technologies
  • Advancing collection and exploitation of biometric signatures
  • Joint IED Capability Approval and Acquisition Management Process (JCAAMP)

Joint IED Capability Approval and Acquisition Management Process (JCAAMP)

First published in 2007 and most recently updated in December 2010, JCAAMP is JIDO's rapid acquisition process to identify counter-IED urgent needs and operational capability gaps; to aggressively seek, acquire and assess potential solutions to these gaps through extensive finding networks; and to place approved initiatives into the hands of warfighters for operational assessment and deployment.

JCAAMP provides a smooth transition to one or more of the services or agencies for those initiatives ultimately determined to possess an enduring counter-IED capability. The JCAAMP process begins by leveraging extensive finding networks comprised of industry, academia, military service and DoD laboratories, as well as other government agencies to develop potential counter-IED solutions to urgent needs and operational capability gaps. Our outreach efforts generate both formal and informal relationships with corporations, universities and research centers, and government labs.

JIDO's development strategy, reflected in JCAAMP, is that of an investment bank. Off-the-shelf, relatively inexpensive solutions are brought to bear immediately, while high-potential and near-ready technologies are developed and fielded quickly to forces on the ground. To balance out this portfolio, JIDO takes measured risks with nascent technologies or those needing a great deal of refinement and iterative testing. With a balanced mix of risk and expediency, JCAAMP helps create a steady pipeline of tools and initiatives needed for a proactive fight against IEDs.

Potential counter-IED initiatives enter JCAAMP through a variety of methods where they are developed and validated for funding. Once funded, initiatives are tested, deployed and operationally assessed. Initiatives ultimately transition or transfer to the military services, normally after a sustainment period of up to two fiscal years that commences after an approved operational assessment. Initiatives not transitioning to service programs of record are terminated.

JCAAMP dramatically shortens, from years to months, the time between recognition of a developing IED threat and the placement of a counter-IED initiative into the hands of warfighters. JIDO's goal is to find and develop an initiative within four-to-12 months and to deploy and assess that initiative within 12-to-24 months.