The mission of the IWTSD is to identify and develop capabilities for DoD to conduct Irregular Warfare against all adversaries, including Great Power competitors and non-state actors, and to deliver those capabilities to DoD components and interagency partners through rapid research and development, advanced studies and technical innovation, and provision of support to U.S. military operations.
February 2, 2021
CTTSO Transformed to IWTSD
Section 922 of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act directed ASD(SO/LIC) report directly to the Secretary of Defense. The Acting Secretary of Defense on November 18, 2020, authorized the ASD(SO/LIC) to transform the CTTSO to the Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD).
May 21, 2020
CTTSO / NASA - Human-like robotic hands are a game changer for EOD bomb technicians.
Dr. Joshua Mehling, Technical Discipline Lead for Robotic Control at NASA’s JSC said "Humanoid robots have the potential to drastically change the way we perform remote operations, because by their very nature, they are designed to interact with the same tools, and interfaces that humans do, move through the same spaces, and work in the same environments. CTTSO immediately saw the impact that NASA's humanoid technology could have in the EOD space. Human-like robotic hands are a game-changer for interacting with the world, not only manipulating common objects and potential threats, but the robot can easily leverage existing EOD tools and equipment designed for the bomb technician...Our initial work with CTTSO is really just the beginning. As we continue to push this technology forward out into the field, and into the hands of bomb techs, we will begin to realize enormous operational benefits, and that's how we'll address the challenges and mitigate the threats of today and tomorrow."