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NATO tactical level C-IED course brings together 12 students of 5 nationalities.

Szentendre - Hungary
October 13, 2023
  • Document Media Exploitation Course ends in Szentendre – Hungary
  • The Centre of Excellence against Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED CoE) conducted the third annual iteration of the Document Media Exploitation Course from 2 to 13 October, this time at the Hungarian Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in Szentendre. This outsourced location is part of the C-IED CoE's regular offer to its member nations to share teaching procedures, subject matter expertise and specialisation of its instructors and personnel specialised in C-IED warfare.

    The course brought together 12 students from 5 NATO nationalities, with the classes being given by both COE staff and external lecturers. The aim of the course was to enhance technical exploitation capabilities at the tactical level, mainly in the disciplines of document exploitation, electronic exploitation, mobile phone exploitation and exploitation of drones and related control systems when used as improvised devices.  Upon completion of the course, students are able to analyse and extract information from IED-related events through the collection of evidence and the use of software, for subsequent integration into level 2 technical exploitation.

    The course was developed through practical-theoretical sessions in each of the areas, using advanced tools and software, with the support of an interdisciplinary team made up of both military and civilian experts at international level.


    The Centre of Excellence against Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED CoE) is one of the 28 NATO Accredited Centres of Excellence, and 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 accredited by the Alliance in November 2010.