Task Force Odin in Afghanistan

We’ve discussed Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, Neutralize) a couple of times before, here, and here. Briefly, TF ODIN is the Army’s counter-IED program to identify not just where IEDs are emplaced, but who are the networks that are making and emplacing them.

In the course of gathering all this intel, they’ve also managed to build a near-real time ability to alert ground forces of other enemy activity.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., March 10, 2011 — What started as a super-secret program to protect ground troops in Iraq from roadside bombs has matured into a coveted asset in Afghanistan, where it provides a persistent surveillance capability against enemy threats, an official who provided materiel support for the program reported.

Task Force ODIN was established in 2006 to help in countering the improvised explosive devices that were taking a huge toll on U.S. forces in Iraq. ODIN, also the name of a Norse god of war, is an acronym describing the task force’s counter-IED mission: Observe, Detect, Identify and Neutralize.

Officials recognized early on that simply identifying and defusing IEDs was only part of the solution, Richard Wittstruck, chief engineer for the Army’s Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors here, told American Forces Press Service.