Also Known As:
Organisation of Defensive Innovation and Research
New Defense Research Organization
Negarestan 3, off of Pasdaran Street, Tehran, Iran
A research institute under the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL); associated with concerns over "possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); responsible for nuclear weapons research, according to the U.S. Department of State; took over weapons research that had been carried out by the Physics Research Center, the AMAD Plan, Malek Ashtar University (MUT), and MODAFL's Section for Advanced Development Applications and Technologies (SADAT); directed by Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, who founded the organization in February 2011; head of security is Davoud Babaei; reportedly composed of seven subdivisions at 11 different facilities.
Designated by the European Union (on December 22, 2012) for directly supporting Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities; designated by the United States (on August 29, 2014) pursuant to Executive Order 13382, which targets weapons of mass destruction proliferators and their supporters.