Counter-IED training at Eastern Accord 2016
Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa taught Dutch, Tanzanian and Ugandan military leaders on counter-improvised explosive device operations during Eastern Accord 2016, July 14, 2016, at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The U.S. Army Africa-led EA16 is an annual, multinational, military exercise that brings together nine partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations.
“It’s a goal to get the operational level C-IED process better disseminated and taught to our AMISOM troop contributing countries and EASF country staff so they can be doing this within the whole of Africa,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Allan Lucas, Task Force Sparta explosive ordnance disposal platoon leader at CJTF-HOA. “This (process) is something that has been developed in just the last 10 years so it is new to the world.”
AMISOM is the African Union Mission in Somalia and the EASF is the Eastern Africa Standby Force. Multiple participating nations at EA16 are members of both organizations and attended the C-IED training.
Lucas writes script injects for the command post exercise portion of EA16 to test the proficiency of the training audience and their ability to integrate as part of a multinational staff. During the C-IED training he taught students operational intelligence fusion, how to attack the enemy network and plot IED trends and analysis so they can effectively combat IEDs at the operational level.
The course enabled the attendees to engage with each other and understand each other’s experiences and processes. They were also able to look back on past experiences and see what they could have done differently with the additional knowledge gained in that lesson, said Lucas.
For some participants it was new material but for Dutch Lt. Rene Kleijer, EA16 intelligence analyst, the class was a review.
“I mostly analyze the intelligence we gather, focusing on threats to our group to predict for the future, we will know what will happen and base our operation on that information,” said Kleijer. “It was good training. It is pretty much the same from what we do in the Netherlands but it was nice to have some refreshment on it and I hope to use it during the exercise.”
The C-IED course was one of many for the approximately 200 EA16 participants. The two-week exercise is intended to build readiness, maintains U.S. and African coalition partnerships, and facilitates interoperability between militaries and capacity building in preparation for the command post exercise.
“Every country has its own culture. I think everyone can learn from each other because there’s not one country doing everything right but they do have good things and things to work on,” said Kleijer. “I think its very fun and of course you can also learn a lot from an exercise like this.”