CLOCKWORK ORANGE 2019 Exercise
From October 28th to November 8th Nato C-IED Center of Excellence supported the Royal Dutch Forces with subject matter expertise to their multinational training event named CLOCKWORK ORANGE. The 2019 iteration included units from USA, Nederland, Germany and Sweden. The focus of the event was technical exploitation and the final step in the development of the 108th Technical Exploitation Intelligence Company as a part of the Joint ISTAR battalion in the Dutch forces. Along with the Dutch efforts US Army Europe tested their concept with a soldier-manned equivalent to a level 2 exploitation facility with impressing results.
The training audience was presented to various objectives to exploit, testing their ability to adapt to the situation and to the threat. Several of the tasks were conducted by integrated units from different nations aiming to create a learning environment and to provide opportunities for cross-national training. The 2019 CLOCKWORK ORANGE included a complete set of technical exploitation capabilities enabling the participating units to follow the exploitation chain from collection to dissemination of the final report. The scenario challenged the training audience with a transition from hybrid tactics to full combat against a fictitious peer to peer adversary. This transition fits right into the NATO alliance focus area and was the first step into the future of technical exploitation in a hybrid warfare scenario and was very appreciated by the participating nations.
Ex Ardent Defender 2019
C-IED CoE participated to the exercise Ardent Defender 2019 (EX AD 19) with two members of the Center from 30th Sep to 17 Oct 2019. EX AD series of exercises is an annual international exercise planned, organized and executed by the Canadian Joint Counter Explosive Task Force (CAN JCET TF). The main objective is to exercise the complete Cycle of Exploitation in a Joint Inter-Agency Multi-National Public (JIMP) environment in order to manage an emerging complex threat. This year apart from focusing on the exploitation cycle and the holistic approach of the IED problem, our C-IED CoE undertook the responsibility to mentor a Defense Capacity Building Plan (DCB Plan) for the fictitious “Host Nation of Atropia” as one of the three main Lines of Effort (LoE) during the exercise.
Forensic Computing Fair in Spain (FiFE ‘19)
C IED COE participated to the 2nd Edition of the FiFE, organized and moderated by ‘’OnRetrieval’’ Company. The Fair was like the annual meeting point for manufacturers, Computer Forensic experts and police investigators from Different countries. The trends that have been observed in this 2019 edition of the FiFE are:
- To provide first responders with the necessary tools to be able to collect digital evidence in the forensic field without knowing a great deal of forensic technical knowledge.
- Provide forensic technicians and experts with tools to assist in the analysis and preparation of final reports using Artificial Intelligence techniques.
The Mine Detection Symposium 2019 and the 7th Mine Action Technology Workshop
The Mine Detection Symposium 2019 hosted by the Urs Endress Foundation, was held on 5th and 6th November 2019 in Basel (Switzerland), presenting last research in Sensor Technologies (Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), thermal imaging, hyperspectral imaging, magnetometer, etc.) to detect landmines, IEDs and UXO using only Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Then, on 7th and 8th Nov 2019, in the same facility, the 7th Mine Action Technology Workshop was organized by the Genève International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GIHC). It has focused on any kind of robotics (terrestrial and aerial), ongoing projects and solutions currently used in Mine Action (mapping, planning, detecting, neutralizing) by end users and practitioners (UNMAS, Mine Action Group, National. A total of 188 attendees from more than 50 nations came from industry, academia, research centers, 71 institutions, including 32 speakers and 17 companies, as exhibitors.
The C-IED COE briefed on the promising Research Project SAFEDRONE (UAV+GPR). Briefings of the SAFEDRONE project and another similar solution, the German-Swiss project FindMine were much appreciated by the audience raising some questions for real applications, although using detection systems mounted on UAV in different scenarios faces many challenges to overcome at short term. A integration of detection systems on UAVs (one, several, swarm,..) should be done.
EOD UNMUM Pilot Course on Special Training Materials of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Manual
NATO C-IED COE participated to United Nations Military Units Pilot Course on Special Training Materials of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Manual (UN EOD STM) in in Kathmandu, Nepal from 16-24 October 2019. It was organized by the Integrated Training Service (ITS) and Office of the Military Affairs (OMA) of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) in partnership with the Nepalese Army, Directorate of Peace Operations in Kathmandu/ Nepal, UNMAS, Canada, Ireland, US, and Switzerland.
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