59th NATO Explosive Ordnance Disposal Working Group
The C-IED COE participated in the 59th NATO Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Inter-service Working Group in Kiel, Germany from 21-25 October 2019. The Working Group began with National Heads of Delegation introductions, followed by outstanding action items from the previous meeting, multiple liaison reports from the participating organizations, and concluded with separate panel discussions.
The four main panels for the working group included the Doctrine, Policy, and Philosophy (DPP) Panel, the Tactics, Techniques, and Procedure (TTP) Panel, Information Panel, and the EOD in the Maritime Environment (EME) Panel. The C-IED COE participated in the DPP panel for two days and provided input to the Terms of Reference (TOR), and the way forward for AEODP-10 and AEODP-13.
The conclusion of the working group focused on panel chairs discussing their panel outcomes and way ahead. The 60th NATO Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Inter-service Working Group will take place in Oslo, Norway from 4-8 May 2020.
CIED Staff Officer Course 19-3
From 21-25 October 2019 the C-IED Staff Officers Course (CSOC) 19.3 was conducted in the C-IED COE in Madrid. With participants from 13 different NATO and the 7 NNN (Non NATO Nations) there was a lot of army experience in the class. A large portion of the attendandees came from the NATO Command and NATO Force Structure. Having representatives from these headquarters in the course was a great benefit.
Hungarian Senior Leadership Seminar
In accordance with the Program of Work 2019 of the C-IED COE, a Senior Leadership Seminar (SLS) was conducted in Budapest, Hungary 17 October 2019. The delegation of three provided a series of presentations for the audience, that had been selected from the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) Headquarters J2 Department, HDF Non Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) C-IED Training Branch and also the Chief EOD officer of HDF was present. The content of seminar showed the audience that the threat caused by the use of improvised explosive devices, is still there. Moreover the delegation expressed the fact the threat has not been exclusively in distant places, it can “come to our streets”. At the end of the session, the participants agreed on maintaining close connections within this area as well, in order to build the necessary capability to address the threat.
Basic IED Field Exploitation Course (BIFEC)
NATO C-IED COE continued its efforts to provide with C-IED focused training for the Jordanian Security and Military Forces (JAF) under the umbrella of Jordanian DCB project, sponsored by NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division (NATO ESCD), Science for Peace and Security (SPS). In this framework, based on the Request for Support for the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF), a two weeks BIFEC course had been organized and held at the HDF Non Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) within the period of 7-18 October 2019. The event had been planned and organized by the C-IED COE along and in close coordination with the C-IED training personnel of HDF NCOA.
The audience (12 PAX and 3 interpreters) was selected carefully from the Army, Police and civil intelligence agency, though the basic idea of using the inter-agency approach in the C-IED fight had been understood. Despite the fact of using interpreters, the training showed a very active picture, in which the audience expressed disciplined and focusing behavior.
The closing ceremony was held on the 18th October. According to the reports, given by the training team and also that was experienced, this course was a really successful training event.
4th C-IED Technology Workshop, Madrid, SPAIN, 01-03 Oct 2019
During three days, from 1st to 3rd October 2019, the 4th C-IED Technology Workshop 2019 (TWS19) organized by the C-IED COE has gather together more than 180 delegates coming from several national and international organizations, MoDs, Law Enforcement institutions, Research Centers, Industry and Academia in an open forum in order to provide an in-depth overview of the latest technologies supporting the C-IED fight, and to facilitate communication among participants trying to match current and potential operational needs with technological solutions.
The event provided a set of panels, based on presentations by 29 speakers from NATO Science and technology Organization, NATO Emerging Security and Challenges Division (ESCD was also the most important sponsor for the event), the European Defence Agency, United Nations Mine Action Service, US DoD, ESP and NLD MoDs, German Army Technical Centre for Weapons and Ammunition, French Military Explosives and Ammunition Centre, some national research centers as Romanian CCSA, Dutch TNO, Australia DS and Spanish INTA.
From Academia, universities of Oviedo, Burgos, Minho presented cutting-edge projects on C-IED and companies as INDRA and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) added a valuable point of view on implementing R&D solutions. SMEs from EOD and C-IED COEs briefed on R&D projects and others topics of panels. Briefings were followed by active discussions with audience. Panels have dealt with international and nationals initiatives of research and development in C-IED, Technical Exploitation for Operational Needs, Advanced Standoff Detection Technologies, Future C-UAS Solutions for IED Incidents and the last on IED Threat Mitigation-Current and Emerging Technologies.
Attendees have had also the opportunity to receive direct information from companies about current and future proposals to facilitate C-IED capability enhancing and to do an intensive networking for potential collaborations. An exhibition area with more than 15 companies (LEONARDO, NUANCE, SCANNA, Centum, IBATECH, INDRA, GDELS and others) was visited actively along workshop. On the second day live demos of some C-IED products and solutions were showed by TUBITAK BILGEM, EVERIS AND THERMO FISHER companies.
It´s to be pointed out that the C-IED Technology Workshops are always an opportunity for the C-IED Community of Interest to identify possible effective application of Research and Development in the C-IED field.