3rd MILENG Annual Discipline Conference 2019
On invitation of MilEng COE the C-IED COE attended the Annual Discipline Conference (ADC) for Military Engineering on 28 January 2019 at the MilEng COE in Ingolstadt (Germany). SHAPE ACOS JENG is the Requirement Authority (RA) for MilEng and the MilEng COE is the Department Head (DH). It was the third ADC for MilEng and the C-IED COE supported with Lessons Identified and recommendations from our own experiences in this area in the past because the C-IED COE as DH conducted five ADCs in the meantime. Our participation at the ADC has the potential for a closer cooperation in the future between both DH because Military Engineering and C-IED cannot be disconnected.
ANNUAL MEETING FOR NATO COE CIS 2019
The second annual meeting for NATO COE CIS Specialist & Security Officers took place in the Italian city of Vicenza from last 12th February to 14th February. Personnel coming from eighteen COEs, participated in the two-day meeting were, among others, many aspects about NATO Security policies and procedures, and Cyber Defence were treated to get a common understanding between HQ SACT and COEs. Two C-IED COE members attended to this meeting.
NATO and UNMAS Staff Talks
The C-IED COE participated in the NATO and United Nations Staff Talks at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on the 13th of February 2019. The two groups discussed cooperation on five main topics. 1. Cooperation between NATO with regards to the UN IED Threat Mitigation Team of Experts (ToE). 2. The UN UNMAS IED Threat Mitigation Technology Roadmap. 3. Cooperation between NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) on new technologies and scientific research. 4. The MILENG Route Clearance E-learning project. 5. The C-IED COE Common C-IED Training Model (CCTM). The outcome of the meeting resulted in continued support, efforts and discussions on the future relationship between NATO and the United Nations and how best to support each other with regards to the five main topics, and with three specific items as it relates to the CIED COE. The United Nations has informally requested the CIED COE conduct a Research Project on Magnetically Attached IEDs, the continued support of the UN lectures and their addition into the Common C-IED Training Model, and a proposal from ESCD to incorporate them into the CIED Technology Workshop. However, additional discussions and coordination is required to determine the specific details and requirements for each of the topics.
CZECH AMBASSADOR VISIT
H.E. Mr. Ivan Jančárek, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Spain, visited the C-IED COE, Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid, on 5th February 2019. He was officially invited by the Director of the C-IED COE after the Ambassador had showed his interest through Major Jan Albrecht, the Czech Senior National Representative (SNR). The main objective was to present the C-IED COE to the new Czech Ambassador who was welcomed by the Director and all Senior National Representatives of the Sponsoring Nations as a tradition of similar visits. Firstly, the COE director briefed about the main aim and task of the centre and explained to the Ambassador the actual NATO’s C-IED concept and the importance of the C-IED COE’s mission. The presentation was followed by the signing of the C-IED COE’s Book of Honor. Secondly, the premises and the laboratory were presented during a guided tour and the Ambassador was fascinated by the variety of the different types of IEDs widely used across the world. During the lunch, both parties opened less official conversation and have established a good relationship for the future. H.E. Mr. Ivan Jančárek stated several times that he was very satisfied with the visit and also was impressed by the importance of the C-IED COE and its contribution to the fight against global threats.
Visit to HUMINT COE
TAs part of the NATO COEs pool, the HUMINT COE and C-IED COE share common topics and fields of expertize. The cooperation between them is not only logical but also needed. On 30th of January 2019, a delegation from C-IED COE, led by its director, payed a visit to the HUMINT COE, Oradea, Romania. The aim of this official visit was to discuss possible directions of cooperation between the two centers of excellence. In accordance, there had been brought up the mutual support for the doctrine development, training and information sharing, through lesson learned process. Additionally, both centers will look for possible development of academia studies, or projects. The visit was considered just as a normal step from the cooperation between the international military organizations, such as COEs, in support of the Alliance and its partner nations.