PROGRAM GUIDANCE AND FUNDING
The U.S. Department of Defense established the Humanitarian Demining R&D Program in response to a Presidential Decision Directive, which directed the Secretary of Defense to "undertake a program of research, procurement, and other measures need to eliminate the requirement for non-self-destructing anti-personnel landmines for training personnel engaged in demining and countermining operations and to defend the United States and its allies from armed aggression across the Korean demilitarized
The Countermine Division of the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (RDECOM-CERDEC-NVESD) executes the Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program. The NVESD Countermine Division has many years of experience with military countermine research and development. The division offers extensive countermine engineering expertise and world-class fabrication and test facilities.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations & Low Intensity Conflict (OASD SO/LIC) provides policy guidance and oversight. OASD SO/LIC reviews and approves requests for in-country field assessments and operational field evaluations, and is also responsible for liaison with the U.S. Department of State.