Rich Edwards, chief of strategy, plans and policy at JIDA, said, "counter IED will remain our stock and trade as we continue to develop our contributions to these other mission sets and look to identify those networks that are pursuing disruptive technologies that will attempt to negate our battlefield advantage.
Mike Egan, JIDA weapons technical intelligence branch chief.
That is going to be the flag we wave at JIDA--the improvised threat," he said when asked about the difference between JIDA and another combat service support organization, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, which concentrates on weapons of mass destruction.
The most notable difference between JIDA and JIEDDO will be the budget, he said.
Don't come to JIDA with a great idea and your hand out," he said.
JIDA will take its understanding of the threat, share the information with the community and focus on technological solutions that can be delivered in the zero- to two-year time frame, while also keeping an eye on the two to five, and five and out years for emerging threats, he said.
The joint explanatory statement that accompanied the 2016 NDAA cited congressional concerns about the transition and instead required a new strategy and implementation plan that would provide for a more streamlined approach to integrating the roles, missions and activities of JIDA into an existing military department.
In February 2016 DTRA was chosen as the military department under which JIDA would perform its mission to protect the warfighter by countering improvised threats.
The organizations began talking a year before Congress directed the DTRA transition, the director said, just after the Defense Department decided to make JIDA a combat support agency under AT&L.
A year ago we were helping JIDA learn what it's like to be a defense agency and were helping to stand them up and be a sister agency, she explained, adding that JIDA officials asked for DTRAs assistance in learning what it's like to put a budget together, to stand up a human resources shop, those types of things.
The JIDA transition as an element under DTRA was nothing DTRA expected, Durand said, but the missions fit.