2019 Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Symposium & Exhibition

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  • 8/6/2019 - 8/8/2019
  • Bethesda North Marriott
    5701 Marinelli Road
    Bethesda,  MD  20852
    Tel: (301) 822-9200
  • Theme : Innovation for the Future
    Event Type : Symposium, Exhibit
    Event Code : 9950


Join us for the 2019 Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Symposium & Exhibition, produced by NDIA in partnership with the EOD Warrior Foundation, as we examine innovation in training and technology for the international EOD, public safety bomb squad (PSBS), and UXO/demining community. Our theme is “Innovation for the Future.” As military members attend this event for free, you can expect to interact with numerous EOD technicians in uniform from all services’ operational units as well as program managers and resource sponsors from the Pentagon. There will be attendees and speakers/panelists from the Interagency to include ATF, FBI, and the DHS Office of Bombing Prevention. Traditionally, we have a strong showing from NATO and expect to have representatives again from the NATO C-IED and EOD Centers of Excellence.

The Global EOD continues in its 10th year as an NDIA event in partnership with the EOD Warrior Foundation as the preeminent annual event for the EOD, PSBS, and UXO/demining community.  

*Please note: The agenda for this symposium is different than that of previous years. It will now start at 8:00 am on Tuesday, August 6, and conclude at 12:00 pm on Thursday, August 8.

*Please note: This event is open to the press. Please view our media guidelines for details. 


The symposium will feature: 

  • Three sub-track professional tenets in Counter IED, Counter UXO and Combating WMD that showcase our international and interagency interoperability.
  • Service EOD future requirements and program managers' acquisition briefings.
  • Technical presentations addressing innovative EOD threat solutions.
  • Update from the EOD Warrior Foundation on its ground-breaking assistance to the EOD community.
  • EOD Warrior Foundation Silent Auction, featuring dozens of unique items with proceeds benefiting the foundation.
  • A full exhibit hall of industry companies.
  • Numerous networking breaks and a social reception.


Pie Chart showing distribution of attendees

*Numbers are based on 2018 conference attendance.

NEW Suicide Prevention Workshop!

The EOD Warrior Foundation, in partnership with Cigna, is excited to feature an EOD Suicide Prevention Workshop, taking place on Wednesday, August 7, at the 2019 Global EOD.

Engage in a true working session alongside Dr. Kelly Posner and key partners from the Explosive Ordnance community such as Cigna, Veterans Affairs, and active duty EOD leaders as they work hard to devise a strategy to positively impact the epidemic of suicide within the EOD Community.

The goals of the workshop are to:

  • Collaborate with presenters as they discuss current data, ongoing research, and care options
  • Brainstorm ways to reduce stigma, improve diagnosis and treatment of conditions that have increased the risk of suicidal ideation, and educate the general population
  • Identify and walk away with deliverables, due dates, and key organizations to advance the mission

EOD Warfighter Brain Health Workshop

The NDIA is proud to host an EOD Warfighter Brain Health Workshop during the 2019 Global EOD. This workshop will include two panels that present two important perspectives:

  • The medical perspective panel will include participants from academia, the DoD medical research, and Veterans Affairs.
  • The “state of affairs” panel will include representatives from the DoD and Veterans Affairs alongside legislative professionals working on current Brain Health Policy.

Both panels will include moderated panel discussions covering current hot topics immediately followed by an open Q&A session.   

While ever-improving medical science and surgical capabilities have stimulated unprecedented battlefield survivability, the number of service members suffering from undiagnosed or poorly understood mTBI and TBI resulting from blast overpressure exposure remains far too high. While this phenomenon is not strictly an EOD problem, the joint service EOD community and leaders have taken on a thought leadership role as they work to better connect the military and civilian medical research communities with organizations that care for our wounded. We must collaborate and seek an understanding of the complex physiological and psychological results of blast-induced brain trauma, ultimately healing these injuries. Equally important is the development of a practical strategy and policy that establish a foundation for solving this joint service medical issue. 

The NDIA has a policy of strict compliance with federal and state antitrust laws. The antitrust laws prohibit competitors from engaging in actions that could result in an unreasonable restraint of trade. Consequently, NDIA members must avoid discussing certain topics when they are together – both at formal association membership, board, committee, and other meetings and in informal contacts with other industry members: prices, fees, rates, profit margins, or other terms or conditions of sale (including allowances, credit terms, and warranties); allocation of markets or customers or division of territories; or refusals to deal with or boycotts of suppliers, customers or other third parties, or topics that may lead participants not to deal with a particular supplier, customer or third party.


Mr. Andrew Peters
(703) 247-2572

Kimberly Williams
(703) 247-2578

Abby Abdala - Exhibits and Sponsorship
(703) 247-9461

Mr. Dave Chesebrough
(703) 247-2597

Mr. Dave Chesebrough
(703) 247-2597