JEADL Basic Training Course
C-IED COE attended to “24th JDEAL Basic Training Course (JBTC)” in Soesterberg, The Netherlands, from 10-20 February 2020 which was organized by The Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory (JDEAL), within its courses calendar.
The Basic training Course is to certify single national appointed and already qualified personnel to operate in a JDEAL Deployable Capability (JDC) according to their acquired functionalities.
The course is not to qualify on single functionalities (e.g. DOMEX, FOREX, etc.) but is to render attendees available to work as a Level 2 Exploitation Laboratory Crew, contributing with their already acquired knowledge and specializations. To do so, the Course focuses on the ability to run JDCs specific equipment applying JDEAL Standing Operating Procedures (SOP), understanding the role and interactions of each operator in-between the Laboratory, applying the whole Level 2 chain of Technical Exploitation and Analysis.
Additionally, all personnel will be trained on common Laboratory productions as: safe and security; initiate, fill-inn and validate Reports; photography of DMAT; initiate and/or continue the chain of custody.
Annual Discipline Conference
The C-IED COE conducted the 7th C-IED Annual Discipline Conference (ADC) on 26th and 27th February 2020. During the ADC the C-IED community of interest discussed the (NATO) Operational C-IED related Education & Training (E&T) requirements. During this iteration of the ADC it is agreed that five existing E&T requirements are considered as solved: the Fictitious Training Threat Network, the WIT Supplement in a Maritime Environment Course, the WIT T3 Course, the DOMEX Course and the Technical Exploitation Exercise. No new NATO Operational E&T requirements were identified. There are two potential new requirements, both initiated by JFCBS, but for those requirements a more detailed description is requested. In case (one of) those requirements will be considered relevant, the C-IED COE planned a potential training need analysis in September 2020.
Ministry of Defense Visit
On the 28th of February the Spanish Minister of Defence, Mrs. Margarita Robles Fernández, visited the C-IED COE.
On her arrival, she was welcomed by the Director, Deputy Director and the other Senior National Representatives of the Centre.
During her visit the Director provided her an overview of the C-IED COE its purpose and organization and informed her on the main activities carried out by the SMEs.
After the presentation, she visited the laboratory of the Centre and signed the Honor Visitor´s book before she left.
DCB Package for U.N./NATO Peacekeeping Training
On 6 February 2020, the C-IED CoE attended a conference in Entebbe, Uganda in support of NATO, the U.N., and UNMAS to discuss a possible DCB package for U.N. peacekeeping training. The conference was held at the RSCE (Regional Service Center Entrebbe). Discussed how the UN and NATO working together to support UNMAS project to teach U.N. EOD/IEDD standards to a few regional support centers in Africa to improve peacekeeping operations.
United Nations EOD Military Unit Manual Revision Workshop
From 3-7 February 2020, the C-IED COE hosted eight personnel on the revision of the United Nations EOD Military Munitions Manual (EODMUM). The group consisted of members from the C-IED COE, the NATO Liaison Office to the United Nations, officers from the Armed Forces of Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, and Brazil, along with United Nations personnel from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPO) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
The purpose of the revision is to development a way forward with regards to transitioning the United Nations EOD from IED Threat Mitigation (IED-TM) to a broader C-IED strategy. The group facilitated this objective through the re-wording in the EODMUM from IED-TM to C-IED, revising the nine EOD Task, Condition, and Standards, and drafted a three page point paper highlighting the need for a new United Nations C-IED strategy.
At the conclusion of the revision workshop, NATO and the United Nations agreed to continue supporting this effort and to assist in other projects when requested.