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DAGER Employees, Chris Cotone and Bill Borbidge, spoke at the IABTI Region IV/V conference in New Jersey October 18-20, 2021. Chris and Bill lead groups through the REDOPS Micro-R&D Shock Tube Bucket Dispenser build.
DAGER Employees, Rich Campbell and James Hobson-Smith, worked with groups at the IABTI Region III conference in Omaha NE on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, to build REDOPS Micro-R&D Shock Tube Bucket Dispenser tool.
The combined REDOPS/RAPTOR United States Manufactured UASs was held Monday, September 27 – Thursday, September 30 in Fort Myers Florida. The assessment evaluated certain U.S. manufactured unmanned aerial systems’ (UAS) suitability to support Bomb Squad and SWAT Operations through baseline performance and user requirements through scenario derived feedback. The assessment also compared these US Manufactured UASs to overseas manufactured UASs.
The RAPTOR Night Vision Goggle/Thermal Assessment took place in New Jersey September 20-24, 2021.The assessment evaluated and compared the operational performance of binocular, monocular and panoramic night vision/thermal systems.
The Bomb Squad Test Bed Large Robots Assessment took place August 22-26, 2021 in Michigan. For the purposes of this assessment, a large robot was defined as a robotic platform weighing between 250 and 1200 pounds capable of supporting bomb squad operations. The Large Robots Assessment evaluated large size robots in both measurable testing and operational scenarios, including assessing system specifications in a deployed configuration, visual acuity, maneuverability, and interoperability with a bomb squad’s concept of operations (CONOPS).
The Mass Transit Response Experimentation was held August 9-13, 2021 in Houston, TX. The focus was on capturing response and operational data during IED incidents involving a range of mass transit settings, including bus, Metro Rail, Airplane and Terminal. The experimentation used scenario-driven exercises to help collect information on planning, deployment, mobility, equipment, communications, and threat identification, while maintaining focus on the active threat.
The 3-D Printing Workshop was held June 14 – 17, 2021 in Aberdeen Maryland. The workshop evaluated the factors involved with starting and maintaining a 3-D printing program and the usefulness of the fabrication method for Bomb Squad, EOD, and SWAT applications. The workshop provided demonstrations and samples of operationally related .STL files and 3-D printed tools. The group worked to answer questions to identify best practices, tips, and resources in establishing a program and creating successful 3-D prints.
The 2021 Beeping Egg Build was held in March 23, 2021. Due to COVID-19 the build was kept to DAGER Staff but was still able to produce eggs which were donated and distributed to families in Montgomery County Maryland, Early Intervention for Children With Disabilities/Delays.
DAGER Technology’s Jeff David and Tony Versino presented at USBTA’s Remote Training Program, along with the REDOPS team, Delaware State Police Bomb Squad and Fairfax County Police Department Bomb Squad, to build and demonstrate robotic door opening tools. The event was held virtually on December 15, 2020.
On October 13-15, 2020, the Battery Power Tools Assessment was held Fairfax, Virginia. The assessment evaluated COTs Battery Power Tools, voted on by the REDOPS and RAPTOR communities, against standard test materials and a variety of commonly encountered barriers, enclosures, and containers. Hazardous device technicians and SWAT team members had to cut into and through various materials while responding to incidents with the Battery Power Tools.
On September 21-24, 2020, the REDOPS UAS Integration Assessment was held at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy in New Jersey. This assessment evaluated the the integration of the UASs into both robotic and manual approaches to multiple scenarios involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The RAPTOR Door Breaching Assessment was held July 13-16 at the Tactical Energetic Entry Systems (T.E.E.S.) Training Facility in Mississippi. This assessment evaluated the performance of various mechanical and hydraulic entry tools against common residential and commercial doors; including manually operated and battery-powered hydraulic spreaders/cutters, manual and power-actuated door breaching systems, as well as gas-and battery-powered saws.
DAGER Technology is working with Shields for COVID Responders. Founded on March 28, 2020 by active duty and retired military EOD technicians, PPE Mask Makers is a coalition of fabricators whose innovative outlook and passion for public service turned into helping first responders without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Click Here to read DOD article on Shields for COVID Responders. Click Here to see more information and how you can help!
Jeff David presented at the New York DHS-ES Conference on the REDOPS and RAPTOR programs the week of March 9, 2020 in Saratoga Springs, NY.
The 2020 Beeping Egg Build was held March 5, 2020. Volunteers from US Capitol Police Bomb Squad; Loudoun County Police Bomb Squad; Fairfax County Police Bomb Squad; Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA); the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF); Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP); DHS Science & Technology (S&T); U.S. Army EOD; U.S. Air Force EOD; D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) and and DAGER Technology built over 700 eggs. Read more about this event!
Jeff David and Tony Hammerquist headed to Hawaii to present the REDOPS program at the USBTA Conference the week of February 16, 2020.
Aimee David and Jeff David provided information to congressman on February 26, 2020 at EOD on the Hill Day. The booth successfully provided information on REDOPS and RAPID programs.
An assessment of the Logos PROTOS digital radiography (DR) x-ray panel performed in cooperation with the Department of Defense and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) on October 16-17, 2019. The assessment evaluated the system using a variety of standardized test articles and operational scenarios placed in and around facilities to test its operational performance.
The RAPTOR Through-wall Human Detection Assessment was held on October 7-10, 2019 at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany New York. This assessment evaluated operational capabilities and user interfaces of radar-based detection systems to address presence of life, location of humans, number of individuals, differentiation of individuals, motion tracking, and mapping.
DAGER employees Bill Borbidge and James Smith presented at the IABTI Region IV/V Conference in Erie, PA during the week of October 7, 2019. Mr Borbidge presented the DHS S&T REDOPS program. Mr. Smith briefed the IMPALA program’s 3D mounts.
DAGER team member, John Clemmensen’s article about 3D printing detector mounts was published in the 2019 September/October issue of IABTI’s The Detonator.
On September 18-23, 2019, DAGER staffer Tom Lynch, presented at the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Law Enforcement Operations Conference and Trade show on Tactical Operations and High Active Threat/Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Environment. The course included Tactical Bomb Technician TBT roles, equipment, polices, threat briefings, blast and explosion overview, and components.
During the week of September 8, 2019, DAGER Technology employee, Chris Cotone, lead a breakout group at the 2019 NABSCAB Bomb Squad Commanders Conference. Mr. Cotone demonstrated mechanical shearing using three micro R&D tools.
On September 23-26, 2019 at the GM Proving Ground in Michigan, the REDOPS program held the BSTB VBIED Access & Disablement Assessment. The assessment examined current U.S. bomb squad capabilities to access newer vehicles, disable explosive devices, and VBIED render safe procedures.
The REDOPS Medium Robot Assessment occurred April 29 – May 3, 2019 in Ventura County, CA. The assessment assessed eight robot systems capabilities in operations scenarios including vehicle investigations, stair and door access, multiple terrains, and optical challenges.
The REDOPS IED Mobile Response Experiment took place on April 8-12, 2019 in Fairfax, VA. The experiment collected response and operational data during real-world IED and VBIED incidents and was a continuation of the 2017 VBIED Response Assessment in Michigan. The group will meet again for the third installment in the UK.
DAGER team member, John Clemmensen’s article about starting a UAS program for bomb technicians was published as the cover issue in the 2019 March/April issue of IABTI’s The Detonator.
The Fourth Annual Egg Build was held on Thursday, March 14. The group of international volunteers achieved their goal and built over 600 eggs in just a few short hours.
Check out the article in IABTI’s The Detonator here: Beeping Eggs – DAGER Technology
As of February 2019, DAGER Technology is a certified Woman-owned Small Business.
The first RAPTOR Assessment took place on February 4-8 in Atlantic City. The RAPTOR Indoor UAS Capabilities Assessment captured data during the integration of SWAT and UAS and the main goal was to incorporate UAS into standard operating procedures, methodologies and modify CONOPS to take advantage of UAS.
The Tactical Bomb Technician (TBT) Response Experiment kicked off the 2019 year. This experiment took place on January 14-19 in New Jersey and focused on tactical integration of bomb technicians supporting Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) in high-risk active threat environments.
John Clemmensen presented at the FBI and NBSCAB’s Bomb Squad Commanders Training Conference at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, on August 21, 2018. John spoke on behalf of DHS CWMD about the Impala Directed Test, overviewing solutions for mounting radiation and nuclear sensors on bomb squad robots as well as 3D-printed sensor mounting solutions.
On August 6-10, 2018, the Robotic X-ray BSTB assessment was held at the Michigan State Police Hazmat Training Center. Teams looked at systems that can either be integrated with a robot or carried by a robot. The assessment evaluated cabling and integration, stand-alone systems, custom builds, OEM (original equipment manufacturer) systems, hands-on driving, and other ways of acquiring the x-ray robotically. The assessment was held in conjunction with the Laminated Window Breaking assessment which was created due to a recommendation from the 2017 August assessment. Testing looked at how to break laminated windows with a robot.
The first official 2018 BSTB assessment was the Distruptor Aiming assessment which took place June 24-29, 2018, at the Hazardous Devices School in Hunstville, AL. The assessment was held jointly with the U.S. Department of Defense. Volunteers tested precision aiming of disruption systems, including stands, ammunition, aiming subsystems, barrier penetration, and post-barrier accuracy.
The UAS workshop was held May 14-18, 2018, at the East Valley Sheriff’s Station in Thousand Oaks, CA. The workshop focused on how to start and run a UAS program.
As of March 2018, DAGER Technology is a member of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Consortium. The consortium was created for research and development of technologies to counter weapons of mass destruction. The CWMD Consortium focuses on consequence management and hazard mitigation, threats and vulnerabilities awareness with counter-proliferation technologies and capabilities, arms control technologies, CBRN (chemical, biological radiological, and nuclear), and research/development/experimentation of emerging technologies. The CWMD Consortium consists of a mixture of traditional and non-traditional contractors, small businesses, for-profit entities, and academia.
The Third Annual Egg Build was held on Thursday, February 22. The group of volunteers built over 350 eggs in less than two hours. Click here for additional information on the build.
The 2017 Bomb Squad Test Bed Assessments finished strong with the Remote Control Firing System Assessment on October 1-4, 2017. This assessment examined the reliability of remote firing systems and their operational capabilities in an open and confined environments. The systems were tested at the Meadowlands Sports complex, MetLife Stadium, and a residential location in New Jersey, and in New York Time Square.
With the help of DAGER Technology, the Bomb Squad Test Bed Maritime Assessment made a huge splash! The assessment took place September 5-9, 2017 at the Port of Hueneme training tank in California and evaluated the operative performance of various tools and techniques used in the remote underwater cutting of a variety of materials for render-safe and remote removal operations.
DAGER Technology helped to conduct the Bomb Squad Test Bed VBIED Response Experimentation Assessment August 14–18, 2017, in Milford, Michigan. The assessment sought to identify best practices, lessons learned, and technology development requirements by analyzing the response tactics and equipment choices of various bomb squads. Click here for additional information and pictures from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s visit to the BSTB assessment.
That’s a wrap! The fifth and final 2017 Ravens Challenge exercise was held in San Diego July 25–August 4. We want to thank DHS, TEAM REDOPS, and the FBI for the successful demonstration lane at all the 2017 Ravens Challenge exercises. We are also grateful to everyone who helped with the new micro-R&D tools and procedures at these events. Thank you to the Ravens Challenge staff and volunteers for a great experience—we are already looking forward to 2018. Click Here for more information and news stories on the Ravens Challenge.
Fourth 2017 Raven’s Challenge exercise in the bag. Another successful demonstration lane with DHS and TEAM REDOPS with the different micro R&D tools and procedures, and the FBI RAPID techniques in Camp Shelby, MS on June 20-30, 2017. Click Here for more information and news stories on the Raven’s Challenge.
Jeff David presented a brief at the 2017 IABTI International Training Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
2017 Raven’s Challenge third exercise finished up May 16-26, 2017 in Camp Dawson, WV. Click Here for more information and news stories on the Raven’s Challenge.
DAGER Technology hosted the Bomb Squad Test Bed Assessment of Short Barrel Disrupters in Huntsville, AL. Hometown News in Huntsville, AL picked up on a portion of the assessment: “On a small range near the school, the FBI is developing the next step in “disruptor” technology which is the gear used to effectively destroy a bomb without setting it off. While officials would not into detail about how it works, they did say that further developments of the tech would “save lives.” Click Here to see the full news report.
Second exercise in the 2017 Raven’s Challenge complete! Cincinnati Fire Bomb Squad had a successful run with the fiber optic hinge DAGER Technology provided during the demonstrations in Indiana over April 9-14, 2017. Click Here for more information and news stories on the Raven’s Challenge.
DAGER Technology partnered with the DHS and TEAM REDOPS in their demonstration lane to display the different micro R&D tools and procedures, as well as the FBI to exhibit new techniques for Research and Prototyping for IED Defeat (RAPID) at the first exercise in the 2017 Raven’s Challenge on March 19-24, 2017 in Arizona. Click Here for more information and news stories on the Raven’s Challenge.
Jeff David presented at the 2017 NY DHSES Bomb Squad Conference.
DAGER presented at the IABTI Region I In-Service Training in Spokane, WA.
DAGER Technology hosted the Bomb Squad Test Bed Assessment of Portable X-Ray Systems in Orange County, CA.
DAGER presented at the IABTI Region III In-Service Training in Springfield, IL.
DAGER presented at the IABTI Region VI In-Service Training in West Palm Beach, FL.
DAGER Technology hosted the Bomb Squad Test Bed Assessment of VBIED Immediate Access Tools in Milford, MI.
DAGER Technology hosted the Bomb Squad Test Bed’s Small Robot Comparative Assessment in Middlesex, NJ.
Jeff David presented a brief at the 2016 IABTI International Training Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
DAGER Technology hosted the Bomb Squad Test Bed Assessment of X-ray Pulse Controllers in Fairfax, VA.
DAGER Technology hosted the Bomb Squad Test Bed’s Comparative Disruptor Assessment in Huntsville, AL, making TV News.
John Clemmensen’s article about The Bomb Squad Test Bed’s VBIED Robot Comparative Assessment made the cover of IABTI’s The Detonator.
Jeff David presented a brief at the 2016 NY DHSES Bomb Squad Conference.
DAGER Technology hosted the Bomb Squad Test Bed Assessment of the CarbonFire 10 in Quantico, VA.
Jeff David and John Clemmensen presented a brief at the 2015 IABTI International Training Conference in Hershey, PA.
Mr. David delivers a briefing on the Bomb Squad Test Bed at the IABTI International Training Conference in Reno, NV.
Mr. David presents a briefing at the IABTI International Training Conference in Dallas, TX.
Mr. David publishes an article on Laminated Window Breaking Techniques in the January/February 2013 issue of The Detonator, the official journal of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).
Mr. David publishes an article on the Bomb Squad Test Bed in the July/August 2012 issue of The Detonator, the IABTI journal.
Mr. David co-chairs the White House National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Domestic Improvised Explosive Devices, which published Research Challenges in Combating Terrorist Use of Explosive in the United States.