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Two members of C-IED CoE were providing professional development support (threat update, technical exploitation, scenario design) to an exercise organized by ESP MARINES BRIGADE’S GRUMA (Amphibious Mobility Group) in “El Retin” Training Range (Cadiz, ESP). The exercise was based on EOD & WIT update, experience exchange, and practical training; it counted on the participation of EOD teams from Spanish Marines GRUMA GEDE, Spanish Navy UNBUDIZ (Diving Unit Cadiz), Spanish Army CODEX (EOD Coy), US Marines SPMAGTF-CR-AF (Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis-Response Africa), and Italian San Marco Marine Brigade.
Visit of Hellenic Military Engineer School Commander
Brigadier General (GRC-A) Ilias Arsenos, Commander of Hellenic Military Engineer School visited C-IED CoE premises on Wednesday 12 December 2018. During his presence he had the opportunity to visit the facilities of the CoE and to be briefed about activities of the Center. The purpose of this visit was to enhance the collaboration between Greece and C-IED CoE.
The National Armaments Directorate of the Spanish Ministry of Defence has organized the 6th National Congress on Research and Development (R&D) in Defense and Security 2018 (DESEI+d 2018). Congress has been held in the SP Military Cavalry School sited in Valladolid (Spain). This Congress has been an excellent forum where all main ESP military and civilian stakeholders related with R&D issues in the Defence and Security field have had opportunities to present and discuss the latest research made in some of the seven (7) areas related with defence and security. In that sense, the seven (7) main R&D areas have focused on: (1) Weapon systems and Ammunition; (2) Sensors and Electronic Systems –radar, electromagnetic warfare, optronics-; (3) Platforms (ground, naval, aerial, satellites); (4) Future Soldier Systems; (5) CBRNe “ 5A C-IED and 5B CBRN”; (6) Information systems and C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence); and (7) Society, Economics, Geopolitics, Psychology, Medical Support and Energy. Briefers came from military, R&D centers, Centers for Technological and Industrial Development, high technology laboratories, Academia, specialized Centers (C-IED COE) and ESP Ministries as Defence; Science, Innovation and Universities; Internal Affairs and Industry & Commerce. The DESEI+d Workshop has showed its high level of maturity at national level providing an open space to know and discuss cutting-edge technologies relating to R&D issues in the national defence and security arena. In the 6th DESEI+d 2018, the counter improvised explosive device discipline has been considered relevant within its seven broad and complex areas of work and the C-IED COE has proved that it is one of the main actors in the field of C-IED and also on R&D activities.
During the 22nd -26th October, two members of the C-IED COE supported a NATO expert team to assess and recognize the Colombian CIDES (Centro Internacional de Desminado) to be a potential NATO Partner for Educational and Training (E&T) purpose as a PTEC. The NATO Team was composed by members of NATO HQ (IS/PASP), HQ SACT Joint Force Development, NATO School Oberammergau, C-IED Centre of Excellence, and two Pattern Training Educational Centre PTECs (US PLTCE and GE UN Training Centre NATO HQ). The visit was divided in three parts: - The Colombian Armed Forces could show their current capabilities, their organization and also the transformation and modernization through their Strategic Plan 2030. During these events we had the opportunity to have a meeting with the Ministry of Defense, the Chief of Defense and the three Chiefs of Staff (Army, Navy and Air Force). - Visit to Fort Tolemaida, where the CIDES and all the facilities are established. - Visit to Planadas region, where the Colombian Armed Forces are carrying out Humanitarian Demining in order to see in-situ their activities in demining. The visit to “CIDES” was focus in analyze the next capabilities/principles in order to become a PTEC and it was an opportunity for NATO to identify a potential partner that could be a real partner for E&T purpose and especially due to the area of expertise Colombia wants to propose to NATO (demining).
The NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Center of Excellence (C-IED COE) in collaboration with the National Police has organized the 4th Interagency Seminar (IAWS2018) between October the 22nd and the 24th in Canillas ESP CNP premises. The seminar under the title "Who paid the bomb? Analysis of the financing of terrorist groups" has aimed to bring together military experts, police and other civil agencies to discuss how criminal organizations obtain the necessary funding to perpetrate their illegal activities. this workshop responds to the strategy of information exchange in a global manner as key in the prevention of terrorism. The purpose of the IAWS 2018 seminar was to share approaches in the fight against the risk posed by terrorist organizations that promote and use improvised explosive devices. To this end, an analysis was made of the current and future situation of the terrorist threat; The financing methods used by these groups, as well as the initiatives that are proposed as possible options to prevent these financing actions. The Seminar has had the participation of representatives of the Armed Forces, Intelligence and Information Services and National Policies of various countries, the Civil Guard, la Joint IED Defeat Organization de USA, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the University of Alicante, MoneyGram, the Intelligence centre counter Terrorism and Organized Crime of Ministry of Interior, (CITCO), the Joint United States Commands for Africa and the Asia Area -Pacific, EUROPOL, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO).