Greek Police visit
After an official invitation by the Director of Hellenic Police Crime Investigation Laboratories the Director of C-IED CoE accompanied by two members of the center visited on 13th of June their premises. Representatives from different Hellenic Police Divisions related to C-IED effort attended and during the meeting they had the opportunity to be informed for the actions and events lead by the C-IED CoE or participating with its expertise. The visit has been an opportunity to foster interagency cooperation with other sponsor nation of the COE
C-IED Awareness Seminar Greece
C-IED CoE supporting NATO nations participated to the C-IED Awareness Seminar due to request for support from Hellenic Army Directorate of Engineers. C-IED CoE Director accompanied by two members of the CoE visited Greece between 17th to 19th of September. During the seminar provided lectures to Hellenic Army General Staff in Athens, to staff officers from different branches/functions working on the operational level, NRDC-GR, Corps, Divisions, staff members located in North of Greece and to War Academy and Staff Officers School in Thessaloniki. Also Ministry of Interior’s representatives participated from Police, Coast Guard and Fire Department. The visit has been an opportunity for high visibility of the C-IED CoE, foster interagency cooperation, and finally a great occasion to present NATO approach on C-IED effort.
WIT/ SICA Experiment in conjunction with Exercise Toxic Valley 2018
The C-IED COE, acting as the Executing Agent, coordinated and led the Sampling and Identification of Chemical Agent (SICA) and Weapons Intelligence Team (WIT) Interoperability Experiment at the Zemianske Kostol’any training area in Slovakia from 16-21 Sep 2018. The Experiment was designed to exercise current SICA and WIT capabilities in order to test existing doctrine, procedures for interoperability, and to identify gaps that could inform further capability developments. The Experiment consisted of three SICA teams from Slovakia, Slovenia, and Austria, along with three WIT from Romania, Austria, and Spain. Additionally, there were 11 evaluators from the C-IED COE, JCBRN Defense COE, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy. The SICA and WIT teams completed three scenarios that exercised their capabilities in a chemical environment with evidence that required Level 1 exploitation. The first scenario was a chemical cache with three 122mm chemical projectiles alongside a number of IED components. The second scenario was a low order post blast in a market place with extensive nerve agent contamination throughout the scene along with multiple IED components near the blast seat. The third scenario was a chemical laboratory with a large quantity of toxic industrial chemicals and an extensive amount of exploitable materials such as media, DNA, documents, HME, IED components, and numerous tools. All the teams and evaluators performed extremely well, and the group concluded the Experiment with a First Impression Review (FIR) which included 16 observations and recommendations form the evaluators, and three observations and recommendations from the SICA and WIT team leaders. A final report will be sent to the Emerging Security Challenges Division (ESCD) Counter Terrorism (CT) Section for further distribution.
The Third iteration of WIT VNCF 2018 took place between 11th September and 28th September in Szentendre, Hungary. The course was hosted by Hungarian Defence Forces NCO Academy (HDF NCOA), as part of the VNCF WIT Training 2017-2018 Executing Agent Agreement. This three week course starts with the theoretical foundations of the exploitation and proceeds with two weeks practical, allowing students to perform all the roles within a WIT team (Team leader, scribe, Photographer and collector). Students perform thoroughly several incidents, starting with receiving of the task, being deployed to incident site and conducting the scene investigation, producing WIT reports and finalizing next day with a debriefing. VNCF instrument has proven again being a very powerful tool to fulfill the NATO Operational requirements. The program allows nations to join in an international pool all the needed trainers (and related knowledge) filling the existing gaps in most nations without too much burden to each one.
Northern Challenge 18
The exercise NORTHERN CHALLENGE is a Multi-National Bomb Disposal Exercise which was conducted between 16th of September to the 27th of September. The purpose of Northern Challenge is to train response to real-life terrorist incidents involving improvised and military explosive devices, similar to those that have occurred in recent NATO missions and of those to be expected in future missions. IEDs in a maritime environment have proven to be a serious threat in various mission areas. The exercise area offers the opportunity to exercise maritime IEDD as a supplement to land based IEDD. 14 nations, the C-IED COE and EOD COE attended the exercise, with a total of 250 participants, 24 EOD teams, 2 search teams and 4 WIT operators. The teams had to deal with 590 devices, from which 315 land and 100 maritime. The aim of the exercise is to provide a unique possibility of pre-training mainly for IED teams serving, or being deployed, for international missions. C-IED COE has supported this exercise with subject matter expertise in various areas of the Counter IED domain.