Force Protection Equipment Demonstration to focus on bioagents

Over 3,000 commercial off-the-shelf items of systems and equipment for counterterrorism will be on display at the Eighth Force Protection Equipment Demonstration, which will be held at the Stafford Regional Airport in Northern Virginia May 17-19.

This federally produced demonstration is not open to the public as it serves leaders and decision-makers in homeland security, defense, first-response and nuclear security, and officials in local and state law enforcement, showing them the latest products available in force protection, first-response and anti-terrorism.

The focus of FPED VIII will be to reduce vulnerabilities to threats like weaponized chemical and biological agents, IEDs and conventional explosives, among others. Some of the technology previously demonstrated at FPEDs are now in use by the United States and allied agencies throughout the world.

The event has been held every two years since 1997 as a result of the increasing terrorist strikes against U.S. forces and diplomatic posts. Since the time of the first FPED, authorities must consider the use of improvised explosive devices, explosives emplacement aboard cargo and commercial passenger aircraft, car bombs, suicide bombers and direct assault with heavy weapons or small arms.

The official theme of the conference is “Force Protection Through Integrated Physical Security Solutions,” which demonstrates a growing emphasis on resources that are mutually supporting to meet the current and evolving needs for force protection and anti-terrorism.

The demonstration is executed and coordinated by the U.S. Army Product Manager, Force Protection Systems.