Ardent Defender 2019 MPC

Ardent Defender 2019 MPCArdent Defender 2019 MPC

C-IED CoE participated to the preparation of Ex Ardent Defender 2019 planning procedures with one member of the Center. Main Planning Conference was organized and hosted by the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Counter Explosive Threat Task Force (CAF JCET TF). The conference took place from 7 to 9 of May 2019 at Toronto Ontario, in the premises of the CAF Base Borden. Our Center is a committed participant of the Ardent Defender series of Exercises practicing the full spectrum of exploitation cycle. This year the main line of effort will be to support the “Host Nation” in Defence Capacity Building focusing in C-IED and contribute in creating realistic scenarios from conflict areas and ongoing international operations.



26th EDA PT C-IED Meeting

26th EDA PT C-IED Meeting26th EDA PT C-IED Meeting

The 26th EDA C-IED PT meeting was hosted by the Austrian Armed Forces Land Forces School in Eisenstadt, Austria on 7-8 May 2019.

The nations were also updated with regards to the following key topics: Exercise Bison Counter 2020 lead by Italy, Cat B projects at EDA as Military Search Capacity Building, JDEAL Phase II, European Centre for Manual Neutralization (ECMAN) and Work Program 2020/21 and associated activities.

DIR of the CIED CoE took the opportunity to update the Nations on the CoE’s main activities relevant to EU-nations/ EDA and on the decision’s process in the CoE.



SPIE Conference for Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIV

SPIE Conference for Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIVSPIE Conference for Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIV

The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Conference for Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIV was held the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on 15-17 Apr 2019. The objectives of attending this conference were: to learn about emerging technologies and new research in the field of “detection and sensing of mines, explosive objects, and obscured targets”, to network with government/academia for potential collaboration on projects at the COE (SAFEDRONE), and to network to find panel members for the 4th C-IED TECH WS in 2019.

Many of the lectures were in-depth new ways to analyze the data of the sensors using machine learning and deep neural networks. These papers, which the COE will obtain in a month due to attendance, will deepen the knowledge for the DtD branch and therefore increase our ability to support projects that we are involved in, including SAFEDRONE. Multiple papers pertain to the analysis of GPR data, which could influence the methodology of the programming for the project.

Improvements and research in detection technologies were discussed, such as nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) spectroscopy, high-frequency electromagnetic induction (HFEMI), broadband EMI, synthetic aperture sonar (SAS), doppler-vibrometer, dual-band imaging sensor, and ground penetrating radar (GPR).



Attack the Network Operational Course (AtNOC)

Attack the Network Operational Course (AtNOC)Attack the Network Operational Course (AtNOC)

Based on both CoEs POWs 2019, C-IED CoE in collaboration with the Defence Against Terrorism CoE organized the Attack the Network Operational Course in the period of 1-12 April 2019.

This course, although it 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.



Briefing in support of DAT CoE

Briefing in support of DAT CoEBriefing in support of DAT CoE

In support of Defence Against Terrorism Centre of Excellence (DAT CoE), a representative from C-IED CoE was contributing as a guest briefer for the “Defence Against Suicide Terrorism” course.