Defeat the Device
Defeat the Device. Defeat the device is a mainly military response made up of proactive and reactive activities as a result of the existence of suspect or emplaced devices. The purpose of these activities is to deliver freedom to operate and achieve the wider aims of the operation. Measures taken here to mitigate, detect and neutralize IEDs have an immediate effect and directly save lives. Defeat the device will protect the population and deliver physical security to our own forces by means of tactical and technical measures as well as information activities. Intelligence from exploitation delivers new understanding and permits the development of new tactical and technical solutions to detect and neutralize devices and to mitigate their effects.
The Defeat the Device line of operation enhances freedom of maneuver and safe operations for coalition forces, focusing on providing defensive technologies to detect IEDs, neutralize them before they can be detonated or mitigate the effects of detonations.
The Defeat the Device Branch is divided into 3 (three) Sections – Detection, Mitigation and Neutralization. The main objective from this branch is to provide expertise to NATO members and PfP in all issues concerning C-IED Threat and find out the better way to fill in the existing gaps among nations. The combination of knowledge inside the branch, allows giving the adequate answer that concerns the C-IED enablers, like EOD, Route Clearance, Military Search, Exploitation, Technological Research and Development and Force Protection, areas that will be extremely important, when well combined, to provide the right answer to the IED Threat.
The Defeat the IED Branch deals with:
- Identifying activities and technologies involved in the detection, recognition and location of IED components.
- Promoting pre-active, active and reactive activities and technology solutions in order to identify neutralise lethal capacity or destroy IEDs as well as preventing their placing and use.
- Identifying activities and technology that provide protection for people, equipment and installations.
- Gathering information on current and emerging technology in the field of C-IED and their current status, limitations, future development and capability impact.
- Carrying out concept development and experimentation. To assist in the setting up of standards for the evaluation of C-IED systems.
- Collaborating, from the technical point of view, in the analysis of lessons learned in C-IED as a result of current operations or via information supplied by allied Nations.
Within Defeat the IED Branch, Detection Section main tasks are:
To identify activities and technologies involved in the detection of IED components, to identify the location and to increase protection for people, equipment and installations. To facilitate the identification, integration and correlation of the most interesting detection technological characteristics and operational factors, within a number of potential CIED scenarios using for that purpose a Countering-IED Integration Tool (CIT). To contribute to the development of advanced C-IED multinational courses for specialists, adding value to the area of Detection to carry out concept development and experimentation.
Within Defeat the IED Branch, Neutralization Section main tasks are:
The neutralization section is responsible for identifying activities and technologies involved in the neutralization of IED’s and all related components in order to increase protection for people, equipment and installations. The section focuses on assisting nations in developing and advancing the neutralization capability within their Armed Forces and to contribute in the development of advanced C-IED multinational courses for IEDD specialists. In addition the section analyses and compares operational neutralization needs with technological solutions in order to identify technologies that will assist in the IED neutralization process. The section has the responsibility to carry out concept development and experimentation of neutralization technology, and assist in the establishment of standards for the evaluation of C-IED neutralization systems. The section also is responsible for providing nations with recommendations related to C-IED neutralization equipment acquisitions policy. The neutralization section participates in meetings of international bodies dealing with neutralization concepts, procedures, equipments and technology.
Within Defeat the IED Branch, Mitigation Section main tasks are:
- Identify and analyze current and future mitigation operational needs and gaps.
- Identify, analyze and evaluate current and emerging mitigation materials, techniques and procedures.
- Confront mitigation operational gaps and needs against mitigation materials, techniques and procedures to issue recommendations and assessments to improve current mitigation materials, techniques and procedures and to develop new ones in order to address the gaps and needs identified.