The identification of UXO represents a substantial challenge to the effective cleanup of many DoD sites. The UXO problem is found on all categories of DoD sites:Installation Restoration Program, Base Realignment and Closure, and Formerly Used Defense Sites.
The objective of this study is to evaluate the necessity for research and development in the field of unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection, if necessary, to develop a joint integrated research and development (6.1 through 6.3) strategy to meet identified DoD requirements. The scientific and technical state of the art for UXO identification will be reviewed and appropriate interfaces with technology demonstration and transfer organizations will be established. The study will initially examine and evaluate currently available and developmental UXO technology. Particular attention will be given to technological limitations and associated science and knowledge gaps. At a minimum, input will be solicited from organizations with substantial commitments to UXO detection systems development.
A four phase investigation will be undertaken:
- A Technical Advisory Panel will be formed to provide technical advise on the current state of the art for UXO identification development requirements. The committee will include representation from key DoD laboratories conducting research applicable to the UXO problem. A key input is expected from the Explosives Safety Board.
- The American and international literature will be reviewed to ascertain the current status of UXO identification as documented through the open literature. The grey literature will also be reviewed as appropriate. It will include non-DoD agencies such as DOE, EPA, and industry.
- Given the information ascertained in the efforts above paragraphs, assess the need for 6.1 through 6.3 research and development.
- Develop an integrated technology development program (6.1-6.3) to fill the knowledge, science and technology gaps identified above and recommend SERDP investment strategy.
This work will provide DoD with an integrated research and development plan, potentially culminating in the fielding of advanced systems for identification of UXO. If deemed appropriate, the successful development and fielding of advanced UXO detection technologies offer the potential to generate vast savings to the DoD and accelerate site cleanup efforts. This work will significantly improve DoD's understanding of the policy, science, knowledge, and technology gaps affecting the development and fielding of efficient and reliable systems for UXO detection.
The scientific and technical state of the art for unexploded ordnance (UXO) identification will be reviewed and appropriate interfaces with technology demonstration and transfer organizations will be established.