Counter – IED

Explosive Hazards Detection and Counter IED (Improvised Explosive Device)

This is not a one dimensional course.  This course covers multiple operational environments (Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America – for which we have global expertise). Combat Tracking is primarily about visual (overall sensory) acuity and being able to detect deviations of the natural state of the environment.  An explosive hazard, IED, or booby-trap represents a deviation of the natural state of the environment.  It does not belong and it was placed there by a person or persons with hostile intent, which have also left perceptible clues as to the location of the device(s) and the complexity of the attack.  Combine this course with Combat Tracker I & II, and you have the entire package needed to defeat the device, track and target, illuminate the network and then ultimately defeat it.

Within the second week of the Combat Tracker Course, as well as the entirety of the UWCTC, explosive hazards detection is presented, instructed and learned.  However, we offer a stand-alone C-IED course, as listed and described here.  The Explosive Hazards and Counter IED Course is five days in length, covering ground sign awareness, basic tracking techniques and mounted and dismounted stand-off recognition and interrogation of suspected explosive hazards and IED’s.  When combined with the full Combat Tracker Course, it becomes a full “network exploitation and defeat” (enemy combatant/organized crime IED precursor procurement, manufacture, emplacement and related training cell) course, and achievable at that.

This course starts with recognition and transitions through observation and interpretation of the overall scene, identification of entry and exit points and short tracking operations to gather requisite information regarding the scope and complexity of the circumvented attack, emplacement sites, trigger sites, direction of combatant movement to and from the scene, to documentation of the scene, evidence collection and biometrics.

One of the points of this course, and visual acuity/situational awareness overall, is the subject of division of labor for security.  If everyone is looking, or task with looking for the same things, there is a division of labor problem.  C-IED is not a place for multi-tasking, as it is proven that there is no such thing.  The greater the degree of multi-tasking, the greater the degree of degradation of those important tasks.

We have devised a way (as part of the core of many programs – The TTOS 4 Cornerstones of Tactical Operation) to give structure to the organization of tasks within C-IED responsibilities.  Everything we do features the appropriate task organization ahead of time, providing the effective division of labor/coordination of work effort necessary to complete tasks, as a team or unit, to standard.

After attending our Explosive Hazards Detection and Counter IED course, you will increase your and your unit’s survivability.  After training hundreds of USMC route clearance Combat Engineers, we can assure you, based on lessons learned and AAR’s that the program is validated and effective.