style="text-align: justify;">CSOC 18.3
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.
Based on both COEs POWs 2018, C-IED COE in collaboration with the Defence Against Terrorism COE organized the Attack the Network Operational Course in the period of 24 SEP-5 OCT 2018. In the interest of avoiding redundancies and make AtN training more efficient, in support of NATO nations and its partners, C-IED COE (Madrid, ESP) and the DAT COE (Ankara, TUR) have developed a common project that involves the cooperation between both E&TF. This course, although was led by the CIED COE and supported by DAT COE, was planned by both COEs in order to deliver the most complete, accurate, correct and up-to-date AtN training to the attendees. The AtNOC intends to provide NATO Intelligence, Operations, Plans, Counter terrorism and C-IED Staff Officers and Senior Staff Assistants from upper tactical (LCC, MCC, ACC, SOCC) and operational level commands with the knowledge and skills to integrate the comprehensive AtN approach across the other HQ processes. Emphasis concentrates on providing AtN related Situational Awareness, recommending ways to engage all networks and an assessment on the engagement effects.
From the 19th of September to the 19th of October, 2018, a Mobile Training Team (MTT) of seven members coming from the NATO Counter IED Centre of Excellence (C-IED CoE), Hungary, Ireland, Greece and Romania were deployed to the Kingdom Of Jordan under the umbrella of the project “Comprehensive Package for strengthening Jordanian C-IED defense capabilities” sponsored by NATO Science for Peace and Security Program (SPS). The MTT delivered for four weeks, the first iteration of an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) Basic Search and Clearance Course &T3 to a group of 15 Jordanian military personnel composed by Officers, Non-commissioned Officers (NCOs) and enlisted personnel with different backgrounds, with the purpose of introducing the training audience to NATO concepts related to the basic search and clearance of IEDs and teaching skills to become a Train the Trainers as a part of the fight against the IED threat. During the course the attendees took theoretical and practical lessons that provided them with additional knowledge on the matter, thus improving their capability to fulfil their tasks in a demanding environment according to the challenges and problems of different clearance situations and to improve their skills as future Train the Trainers. The course was also a good framework to exchange experiences between the MTT and the attendees and to get a better understanding of each other’s procedures and techniques. The MTT enjoyed cooperating with their Jordanian comrades during those four weeks and were impressed by their level of professionalism as well as their hospitality and friendship. This positive atmosphere facilitated the MTT’s job and as a direct consequence the results of the course were exceptional.
The NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Center of Excellence (C-IED COE) in collaboration with the National Police has organized the 4th Interagency Seminar (IAWS2018) between October the 22nd and the 24th in Canillas ESP CNP premises. The seminar under the title "Who paid the bomb? Analysis of the financing of terrorist groups" has aimed to bring together military experts, police and other civil agencies to discuss how criminal organizations obtain the necessary funding to perpetrate their illegal activities. this workshop responds to the strategy of information exchange in a global manner as key in the prevention of terrorism. The purpose of the IAWS 2018 seminar was to share approaches in the fight against the risk posed by terrorist organizations that promote and use improvised explosive devices. To this end, an analysis was made of the current and future situation of the terrorist threat; The financing methods used by these groups, as well as the initiatives that are proposed as possible options to prevent these financing actions. The Seminar has had the participation of representatives of the Armed Forces, Intelligence and Information Services and National Policies of various countries, the Civil Guard, la Joint IED Defeat Organization de USA, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the University of Alicante, MoneyGram, the Intelligence centre counter Terrorism and Organized Crime of Ministry of Interior, (CITCO), the Joint United States Commands for Africa and the Asia Area -Pacific, EUROPOL, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO).