Alion wins $17.7 million contract to help DoD defeat IED threats

Alion IED detectionAlion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, has been awarded a $17.7 million task order to provide DoD with engineering and science and technology expertise to help defeat improvised explosive device (IED) threats against troops in theater and throughout the world.

Alion will support conception, prototyping, improving and experimenting with technologies, devices and systems, bringing next-generation capabilities to counter IED hazards. This includes improving warfighters’ situational awareness, enabling soldiers to better identify, defeat and bypass explosive threats.

“The services we will provide under the task order will enable the DoD to detect and neutralize explosive hazards wherever our forces are deployed,” said Terri Spoonhour, Alion’s senior vice president and distributed simulation group manager. “This will ultimately save lives and ensure our units accomplish their critical missions.”

The DoD develops systems for military applications that detect and neutralize mines, mine fields and unexploded ordnance. Technology development focuses on personnel protection, handheld detectors, wide area detection, mechanical clearance, vegetation clearance and mine awareness.

WSTIAC, operated by Alion, is one of nine DoD Information Analysis Centers (IACs) sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC). The IACs house libraries of information that are focused on specific technology areas, in addition to providing technical expertise in these areas.

DTIC is headquartered at Fort Belvoir, VA, and serves the DoD by providing access to scientific and technical information for DoD personnel and contractors, including researchers, designers and engineers.