Chief of Transformation Workshop
From Wednesday 18th till Friday 20th of September the 2nd Chief of Transportation Workshop convened in The Netherlands. This ACT event was hosted by Command & Control Centre of Excellence which is located in Utrecht. In this workshop the National Chiefs of Transformation representatives as well as 7NNN, COE, ACT and other NATO representatives were informed about the agenda and content of the Chief of Transformation Conference, which will be held in Norfolk, 10-12 December. This Conference is the opportunity for National COTs to discuss and talk with SACT and other National COTs about their own topics and the topics which are prepared by the ACT COTC team and refined by this workshop. The results of this workshop will be briefed to SACT, who will decide of implementing the suggestions to the next COTC.
This years’ COTC will be the last one of its kind. Most likely this event will return in another format and with another name in 2020. The WS emphasized it will be of value to give some clarity about this in December.
9th US-EU Explosives Expert Seminar
C-IED Coe was invited to attend 9th EU-US Explosives Experts Seminar which took place from 17-19 September in Brussels and to present a briefing in one of the three expert panels, Addressing Emerging Threat, with the topics UAS threat and C-UAS.
Super High Improvised Explosive Loading Demonstration (SHIELD)
On 13-15 August 2019, upon invitation of the Swedish Fortification Agency, two members of the C-IED CoE participated in a blast test demonstration, which is intended to evaluate effects on several type of Infrastructures of a very large blast. The demonstration was included in the SHIELD activities held in a field range in Alvdalen - Sweden. This activity was part of a long term (up to 2033) cooperative initiative involving agencies form five nations: Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and United States. Events like this bring excellent opportunities to network with organizations that are working on mitigation projects.
Ardent Defender 2019 Final Planning Conference
C-IED CoE participated to the preparation of Ex Ardent Defender 2019 planning procedures with one member of the Center. Final Planning Conference was organized and hosted by the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Counter Explosive Threat Task Force (CAF JCET TF). The conference took place from 30th of July to 2nd of Aug 2019 at Toronto Ontario, in the premises of the CAF Base Borden. Our Center is a committed participant of the Ardent Defender series of Exercises practicing the full spectrum of exploitation cycle. This year the main line of effort will be to support the “Host Nation” in Defence Capacity Building focusing in C-IED capability, contribute using realistic scenarios from conflict areas and ongoing international operations in order to fulfill the training objective which is a detailed plan through all the levels of Operations.
3rd Annual African C-IED Working group
The C-IED COE participated in the 3rd Annual Africa C-IED Working Group in Nairobi, Kenya from 29 July – 1 August 2019. The working group conducted briefings and activities, lessons learned, and ways ahead for the participants. There was intelligence and informational briefings and panel discussions that created a better understanding and situational awareness of the threats and patterns along with regional assessments on the continent.
Additionally, there were discussions about the unique drivers of localized conflicts, and demonstrations were offered as training modules. For instance, there was a demonstration on different types of suicide vests and how to perform a Level 1 Exploitation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Moreover, the working group expanded the discussions from the tactical level to broader topics within the operational and strategic level.