LL WSAnalyst Note book Users Course 21.2

From 07 to 11 June 2021, the C-IED CoE facilities hosted and supported to the ANUC (21.2 iteration). The program and the different tasks were fully completed and appreciated by the attendants that fostered the easy learning and dynamic accomplish the performance of the exercises and assorted topics.

The students’ opinion related to the course were “very useful, interesting and fruitful enough for their professional interest and daily task at work”. Besides, the managing of the C-IED plugging within the cases study were very appreciated by students.

The course ended with the ceremony of formal diplomas, issued by the CoE Director.

On 09th June 2021, the Workshop of the Defense Against Terrorism Program of Work (DAT POW), managed by Emergent Security Challenges Division/NATO HQ was held online. The event was intended to monitor status of the ongoing projects, main events and activities regarding DAT POW. Up to 18 briefings were done in DAT areas as Harbor/Force protection, C-IED/EOD, CBRN, EW, C-UAS, Biometrics and Technical Exploitation.

Members of the C-IED COE briefed on three topics as the successful PRINSE-APC Research project on Protection of Infrastructures and Systems Against Explosions – Advanced Protective Coatings finished at the end of May 2021 and other main events as the next Technical Exploitation in Water Environment Seminar, 6-8 July 2021 and the C-IED Interagency Workshop, 26-28 October 2021.

LL WS8th C-IED Lessons Learned Workshop

C-IED COE held online the 8th C-IED Lessons Learned Workshop (LLWS) the 27th and 28th of April 2021. The event was forced to be online due to pandemic COVID-19 restrictions. The aim of the LLWS is to contribute to the NATO Lessons Learned process and to increase the knowledge of missions that different nations/agencies are conducting in countries with a high IED threat in order to facilitate and enhance interaction in the multinational C-IED community. The LLWS. The workshop was developed on the basis of three topics: a. SAHEL, what has been learned and what needs to be learned to face the next challenges. b. The awareness of the C-IED threat to security forces worldwide at the operational and strategic level. c. The new NATO Lessons Learned Portal and the C-IED Community of Interest.

Briefers from different units/organizations provided their point of view about the related topics. It is to be noted the willingness and work of the speakers. The different structures and procedures of organizations and units respond to the evolution of lessons learned throughout their activities. Not only is the information and knowledge exposed and shared in the LLWS important, but also the dissemination of C-IED culture. This supports the identification of C-IED as a common and shared problem. More than 60 participants attended this event.

ATNOCAttack the network Operational Course ATNOC 21.1

Attack the Network Operational Course (ATNOC) 21.1 The C-IED COE conducted in its premises another iteration of the ATNOC in the period of 12-23 April 2021 with 21 students from 6 nations. Supported by external Subject Matter Experts from U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) and EUROPOL .

European Counter Terrorism Centre ECTC), the C-IED COE could also count again on the support of the ESP Joint Special Operations Component Command (JSOCC, MCOE) and Communications Division of NATO Rapid Deployable Corps (CommsDiv, NRDC, ESP). The ATNOC provides NATO Staff Officers/Senior Staff Assistants from C-IED/Intel/Ops/Plans or other Counter terrorism related disciplines, from tactical and operational level commands as well as personnel of Law Enforcement and Intelligence Agencies with AtN related Situational Awareness. Emphasis concentrates on knowledge and skills to integrate and facilitate the comprehensive AtN approach across other HQ processes and disciplines (e.g. NATO OLPP, intelligence, targeting and exploitation processes) in order to recommend lethal and non-lethal ways to engage all networks (threat, neutral and friendly) and to assess on the engagement effects. 

AUXDEFENCE 2020 World Conference on Advanced Materials for Defence

AuxDefense 2020 — 2nd World Conference on Advanced Materials for Defense sponsored by the Portuguese Ministry of National Defense and organized by the University of Minho has been held online from 06-08 July and it has focused on the latest scientific and technical novelties in advanced materials for Defense, including equipment and soldier protective systems.

Among many topics presented several could be highlighted as active materials, blast protection, camouflage chameleonic materials, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection/protection, composite materials, impact absorption, fibers meta materials, nanomaterials and nanostructures, self-healing materials or smart materials and textiles. 

In this conference the C-IED COE has presented its Research & Development (R&D) Project (PRINSE- Protection of Infrastructures against explosions – Use of elastomer/polyurea coatings) in the afternoon of the 7th July describing its last tests and findings.

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