The Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE) has imparted, between 6 and 17 March, a new edition of the course 'Attack the Network Operational Course' at its facilities in Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid..
Colonel Javier Corbacho Margallo, Director of the C-IED CoE, inaugurated the course which brought together 20 students of 8 nationalities from different armies, including two officers from the National Police Corps.
The objective of the course is to provide personnel assigned to staffs, headquarters or other operational units with the necessary training to advise the command on C-IED network attack at both tactical and operational levels. The courses have been delivered by both in-house and external lecturers and have focused primarily on the integration of network targeting into operational planning, intelligence processes, targeting processes and technical exploitation processes with the objective of recommending actions against IED networks and advising on their possible effects. The courses had both a theoretical and practical focus, with various exercises carried out in a fictional scenario where the students had the opportunity to discuss, share experiences and exchange knowledge.
THE COUNTER IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
The Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE), is one of the 28 NATO Accredited Centres of Excellence. It is located in Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid. In addition to its accreditation as a COE, it meets the quality standards (QA-Quality Assurance) required and certified by NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) to be considered a NATO Education and Training Facility.
Among its missions is to provide support to NATO, NATO partners and the International Community by developing and conducting various training and specialisation courses in the fight against IED Systems, thus contributing to increasing the security of deployed troops, reducing or eliminating the IED threat, especially from terrorist and insurgent networks.
The C-IED COE was offered by Spain to NATO as part of its network of Centres of Excellence and was accredited by the Alliance in November 2010.