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Release No: 072-09
August 24, 2009

Unexploded Ordnance / Countermine / Range Forum 2009 Announced

                The Department of Defense is holding its 13th Unexploded Ordnance / Counter-mine / Range Forum at Orlando’s JW Marriott Grande Lakes from Aug. 24-27. 
                The UXO/Countermine/Range Forum assembles experts from the military services, other government agencies, industry, and academia worldwide whose mission or research efforts focus on addressing the hazards posed by unexploded ordnance and other munitions, improvised explosive devices, mines, and explosive remnants of war. 
                Last held in 2007, the forum is DoD’s preeminent conference on technology, programs, and partnerships in the UXO and countermine arenas. Tad Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for environment, safety and occupational health and the DoD executive agent for the Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence will host the forum and open the general session on Aug. 24.
                Other general session speakers are:
·       Thomas Killion, deputy assistant secretary for research & technology/chief scientist, office of the assistant secretary of the Army (acquisition, logistics and technology)
·       Cmdr. Daniel Colman of the Joint Improvised Explosives Device Defeat Organization
                The theme for this year’s forum is “21st century explosive hazard challenges: Technology solutions and partnerships for full-spectrum operations.” This year’s forum will include a record 185 technical-paper presentations, about 100 exhibitors, and more than 1,000 participants worldwide from government, commerce, and academia. 
                Other featured speakers are:
·         Robert Walker, assistant deputy minister, Department of National Defence, chief executive officer, defence R&D Canada, on Aug. 25.
·         Cindy McCain, HALO trust board member, HALO Trust USA, businesswoman and wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, on Aug. 26.
·         Ruth Doherty, program executive officer for counter IED science and technology directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Bob Olds, program manager, U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program, both on Aug. 27.
                Additional information is available online at http://www.theforum2009.com , or contact Kathy Metts at (865) 379-7022.


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