NATO and UNMAS Staff Talks
The C-IED COE participated in the NATO and United Nations Staff Talks at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on the 13th of February 2019. The two groups discussed cooperation on five main topics. 1. Cooperation between NATO with regards to the UN IED Threat Mitigation Team of Experts (ToE). 2. The UN UNMAS IED Threat Mitigation Technology Roadmap. 3. Cooperation between NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) on new technologies and scientific research. 4. The MILENG Route Clearance E-learning project. 5. The C-IED COE Common C-IED Training Model (CCTM). The outcome of the meeting resulted in continued support, efforts and discussions on the future relationship between NATO and the United Nations and how best to support each other with regards to the five main topics, and with three specific items as it relates to the CIED COE. The United Nations has informally requested the CIED COE conduct a Research Project on Magnetically Attached IEDs, the continued support of the UN lectures and their addition into the Common C-IED Training Model, and a proposal from ESCD to incorporate them into the CIED Technology Workshop. However, additional discussions and coordination is required to determine the specific details and requirements for each of the topics.
CZECH AMBASSADOR VISIT
H.E. Mr. Ivan Jančárek, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Spain, visited the C-IED COE, Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid, on 5th February 2019. He was officially invited by the Director of the C-IED COE after the Ambassador had showed his interest through Major Jan Albrecht, the Czech Senior National Representative (SNR). The main objective was to present the C-IED COE to the new Czech Ambassador who was welcomed by the Director and all Senior National Representatives of the Sponsoring Nations as a tradition of similar visits. Firstly, the COE director briefed about the main aim and task of the centre and explained to the Ambassador the actual NATO’s C-IED concept and the importance of the C-IED COE’s mission. The presentation was followed by the signing of the C-IED COE’s Book of Honor. Secondly, the premises and the laboratory were presented during a guided tour and the Ambassador was fascinated by the variety of the different types of IEDs widely used across the world. During the lunch, both parties opened less official conversation and have established a good relationship for the future. H.E. Mr. Ivan Jančárek stated several times that he was very satisfied with the visit and also was impressed by the importance of the C-IED COE and its contribution to the fight against global threats.
Visit to HUMINT COE
TAs part of the NATO COEs pool, the HUMINT COE and C-IED COE share common topics and fields of expertize. The cooperation between them is not only logical but also needed. On 30th of January 2019, a delegation from C-IED COE, led by its director, payed a visit to the HUMINT COE, Oradea, Romania. The aim of this official visit was to discuss possible directions of cooperation between the two centers of excellence. In accordance, there had been brought up the mutual support for the doctrine development, training and information sharing, through lesson learned process. Additionally, both centers will look for possible development of academia studies, or projects. The visit was considered just as a normal step from the cooperation between the international military organizations, such as COEs, in support of the Alliance and its partner nations.
Suicide Vest Borne IED
Based on common cooperation between the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) and the C-IED CoE the research project on “Suicide Vests” has finalized its experimental trials.The German Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) as leader of this project was and is supported by the German Army Technical Center for Weapons and Ammunition (Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Waffen und Munition, WTD-91) for the overall project which was divided in two main phases, the first one focused on “outdoor tests” conducted in Germany and the last one on “indoor tests” did in Spain. Indoor tests in ESP was supported mainly by the C-IED COE, ESP MoD, ESP Navy (Marines) and ESP Academica. A coordination meeting took place at C-IED CoE in Madrid on 30th of January 2019. Participants were representatives from BKA, C-IED CoE, WTD-91, ESP MoD and ESP Academia (Polytechnic University of Madrid), all of them significant contributors of the Project. The purpose of meeting was to present studies and outputs extracted from last tests and coordinate and prepare the Final Joint Report of the project. At the same time, it was agreed the agenda for the official presentation of the overall project to be held in the BKA Headquarters on 20th of March 2019 in Wiesbaden (Germany).
Introduction to Counter- Unmanned Aircraft Systems
A member of the C-IED Centre of Excellence was invited to be a guest observer of the Joint Improvised Defeat Organization (JIDO) Introduction to Counter- Unmanned Aircraft Systems course. The course took place at the Jordanian Armed Forces EOD Battalion 13-17 January 2019. Students were introduced to multiple UAS platforms capabilities/limitations. Students learned how to identify UAS threats and how to detect and counter the UAS threat. Students are excited to use their knowledge and experience on the borders of their country