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Humanitarian Demining R&D Program Overview
The U.S. Humanitarian Demining Research and Development (HD R&D) Program focuses on the rapid development, testing, demonstration, and validation of technologies that increase the efficiency and enhance the safety of humanitarian demining operations. In this mission, HD R&D may adapt commercial-off-the-shelf technologies, use mature technologies, or leverage existing military countermine technologies. 

HD R&D develops technology to meet the challenges that deminers face in all aspects of their work, including mine and minefield detection, area reduction, vegetation clearance, mechanical mine clearance and mine neutralization.


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 zone."

NVESD logoThe Countermine Division of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center, Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (CCDC-C5ISR-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.

OASD/SO-LIC logoThe 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.


Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining

United Nations Mine Action Service

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