SCI-286: Technology Roadmaps Towards Stand-off Detection in Future Route Clearance
The 7th meeting of the SCI-286 task group, titled “Technology Roadmaps towards Stand-off Detection in Future Route Clearance” was held at the Military Engineering Centre of Excellence (MILENG COE) facility Ingolstadt, Germany on 27-29 Nov 2018. The objective of this three-year Task Group is to create a roadmap of stand-off IED detection capabilities for future mounted route clearance operations, suitable for all relevant environments and evolving threats. The 7th meeting included 17 attendees from: AUS, C-IED CoE, MILENG COE, GBR, FRA, ITA, NLD, NOR, SWE, DEU and USA. During a previous meeting, the Task Group split into three sub-groups tasked with creating their own draft future technology roadmaps. The results from the sub-group efforts were presented and discussed at length. The overall outcome was the refinement of the development of the roadmap, in which the three approaches will be combined to create a unified 5, 10, and 20-year roadmap of future IED stand-off detection technologies and implementations. No pictures were taken during this meeting.
C-IED Strategy Development Writing Session
The C-IED COE participated in the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) Counter-IED Strategy Development Writing Session in Nairobi, Kenya from 26-30 November 2018 in order to review USAFRICOMs Strategic Development Manual and to finalize the Strategy Development slides (the way-ahead). The Strategic Development Manual will be used as a guide for African partners to generate their own ideas and as it relates to their own objectives, and the group reviewed the Strategy Development slides. The slides were developed to help summarize the Strategic Development Manual, thus helping the African partners drive their own Strategic Development process. The group also conducted a one day session at Sahan Research receiving short briefings from the Kenyan National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), Sahan Research, the United Nations Mine Action Service, and from the United Nations Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group. The briefings focused on the NCTC structure and their prevention and awareness programs, and Sahan along with the United Nations discussed the IED Threat in Somalia, and a proposed Strategic Framework inside of Somalia. Their briefings were designed to better inform the group about organizational concerns with regards to the overall IED threat that is currently persisting in East Africa. Additionally, the C-IED COE with members from USAFRICOM, created a draft outline that can be used in the NATO Common C-IED Training Model for Partners with a focus on Strategic Plans and Policy Advisory (Item #4 in the CCTM) with special emphasis on advising on a Presidential Policy Decree and the advisement of a National C-IED Strategy/Policy for Partners. All of the briefings and work conducted by the group helped establish a framework for a tentatively scheduled Senior Leader Seminar and a three day C-IED Course that will be held at the International Peace Support Training Center (IPSTC) in Kenya from 25 February to 1 March 2019.
Since 2001, the International Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) Conference, a NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and US Joint Staff co-sponsored annual forum provides an open space to discuss the most current issues relating to CD&E in the process of capability development. The 18th annual International Concept Development and Experimentation Conference took place 30 October through 1 November 2018. This year’s theme was CD&E: Confronting the Challenge of a Disrupted Security Environment. The 2018 conference promoted a collaborative approach to concept and capability development and shared the knowledge and experience garnered from 29 Nations’ expertise. The audience for the conference includes over 240 delegates from NATO countries. Other attendees will include those from NATO Partner Countries and partner organizations with concept development and experimentation backgrounds and experience. The three-day conference included keynote speakers, plenary sessions, four workshops, and the CD&E Exchange, a mini-expo. Workshop topics discussed challenges in the disrupted security environment, exploration of new concepts in autonomy, artificial intelligence, big data, future warfare and technologies, disruptive thinking and alternative problem formulation techniques.Disruptive technologies as Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy systems and weapons present huge technical and non-technical challenges in future conflicts (make-decision process, ethical issues, national approaches, impact in military operations, sharing data, new disruptive security scenarios,.). More complex questions have and will have to be answered so the Alliance can maintain an edge as a fighting force. All NATO COEs representatives participated in a Workshop (WS) on ”Concept management in NATO – Future collaboration” discussing with ACT staff (former Transformation Network Branch now changed to Concept Development Branch) and other delegates how to improve future collaboration in CD&E. The current ACT aims on CD&E is to update CDE Handbook applying project management principles and to be open to any new “disruptive idea”. A new methodology has to be considered. A smart present prepares Alliance for the unforeseen future. The 2019 International Concept and Development Conference will take place in Spain hosted by the Spanish Minister of Defense and the ESP Joint Staff and will be sponsored by the NATO Allied Command Transformation.
From 15-19 October 2018 the C-IED Staff Officers Course (CSOC) 18.3 was conducted in the C-IED COE in Madrid. All participants completed the course successfully. This was the first iteration in which a member of a Joint Force Command was supporting the course. The course is designed for future C-IED Staff officers on an operational headquarter and the C-IED Cells of JFCBS and JFCNP do exactly that. To have a C-IED Staff Officer from a JFC as a briefer and a C-IED SME during the practical exercise was a great support for the attendees. The students did not learn only from the presentations and exercises, but now they also had the opportunty to learn from the experience and lessons learned from people actually doing the job.
Advanced reasearch Workshop
NATO SPS organized an “Advanced Research Workshop on Explosive Detection” event on 17-18 October 2018 at venue of the University of Florence, Italy. The aim of the event was to give platform and possibilities for the different scientists and researchers to present the status of their ongoing projects research development, sponsored by NATO SPS. Alternative objectives were to discuss the gained outcomes and look beyond the current situation, and look for the new trends and innovative solutions. Representatives from the NATO C-IED COE were also invited to this event for giving an insight view about the NATO SPS sponsored Defence Capacity Building (DCB) initiatives. This subject was unique in this forum because none of the other briefing talked such a military, security issues. Attending this event was important for C-IED COE, due to it was a possibility for the Center not only presenting the C-IED DCB activities but also promoting the COE and for establishing relationship with possible future collaborators, researchers and scientists. The workshop was very fruitful, the C-IED COE presentation was well received and some possible future cooperation might be foreseeable.