The Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) supports Department of Defense Combatant Commands as part of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. It provides tactical responsiveness in support of counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, and countering improvised explosive devices.
|Formed||February 14, 2006|
|Employees||400 government civilians and military personnel; ~575 contract personnel|
|Annual budget||$450 million for fiscal year 2015|
|Parent agency||Defense Threat Reduction Agency|
The Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO, pronounced like "JI-DUH") is a combat support organization of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) organization under the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) that deals with improvised threats such as the improvised explosive device (IEDs). JIDO was born from the Joint IED Defeat Organization established in 2006, which focused on IEDs. JIDO's mission is to "enable Department of Defense actions to counter improvised threats with tactical responsiveness and anticipatory acquisition in support of combatant commanders' efforts to prepare for, and adapt to, battlefield surprise." This mission supports counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and other related mission areas including Counter-IED.
The change from JIEDDO to JIDA occurred when Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work approved an organizational realignment of JIEDDO from a joint wartime activity to a combat support agency under the authority, direction and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Under the 2016 Defense Authorization Act, DoD was directed to moved JIDA to a military department or under an existing defense agency. DoD decided to reclassify JIDA as an organization under DTRA. On September 30, 2016, JIDA moved under DTRA and officially changed its name to JIDO to reflect the change from an Agency to an Organization.