Countering IEDs Europe

Venue: TBA

Location: TBA, Berlin, Germany

Event Date/Time: Feb 03, 2006
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IEDs are currently the leading cause of casualties to troops deployed in Iraq. Traditionally, an improvised explosive device is a ‘homemade’ device designed to generate severe casualties by using explosives. Today, these explosives are being combined with extremely toxic chemicals, biological toxins, or radiological materials. Since these devices are nonstandard and prepared with commercially available and normally harmless chemicals, there are no specific guidelines for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel to apply to assess, detect and counter these possible threats. Consequently, countering this type of terrorist activity is the number one priority in NATO’s programme of Work for defence against terrorism, launched in 2004.

IEDs can be produced in varying sizes and containers, and classified into various functioning and delivery methods. They can utilize commercial, military, homemade explosives or military ordnance and ordnance components. Unique in nature, as the builder designs the device so as to defeat a specific threat. Their temperament yields extreme difficulty whenever attempts of detection and detection are made, making IED threats dreadfully fatal.

This conference will provide practical information needed to counter IED threats. Focus will be placed on combining training and technology to successfully counter IED threats, evaluating technological capabilities for successful counter IED efforts, considering planning and policies for counteracting terrorism, as well as examining threat assessment and detection techniques.