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Advances in Countering Improvised Explosive Devices Focus Day
The nature and character of warfare will continue to change and evolve, becoming more complex and asymmetric and the IED will likely remain the weapon of choice used by terrorists and insurgents.
The continuing threat posed by Daesh and increased terrorist activity in Europe’s cities mean that C-IED requirements are a high priority for military and security forces. The hybrid nature of IEDs requires constant innovation in detection, neutralisation and prevention systems and industry has a very significant role to play.
TThe Combat Engineer Advances in Countering Improvised Explosive Devices Focus Day will be chaired by Lieutenant General (Retd) Sir Mark Mans, Chief Royal Engineer, British Army.
EFFECTIVE UNDERSTANDING AND INTELLIGENCE
Explosive Devices (IEDs) can be simple to design and easy to make, and they can also be sophisticated with the incorporation of modern electronic components which are both inexpensive and widely available. There is a clear need not only to understand the characteristics of IEDs, but also how to interdict an adversary’s IED system.
The opening keynote address will be delivered by SES-1 Lisa Swan, Director of Material Solutions, US Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization.
DEFEATING IEDs - DETECTION
Detecting IEDs involve actions to search, locate, access, confirm and identify devices placed and designed to destroy, incapacitate or harass. Harnessing the latest technological developments is key to successfully detecting the plethora of devices that an adversary could employ.
DEFEATING IEDs - NEUTRALISATION
A number of actions can be used to neutralize a device, including avoiding, inhibiting, disabling, rendering safe and destroying. None of these actions is without risk and each has potential consequences. It is imperative therefore that security forces invest in the latest industry solutions.