NATO Advanced Training Course: Chem-IED ATC

Project Background

NATO Advanced Training Course: Identification and Neutralization of Chemical Improvised Explosive Devices. The Course enhanced public security through promoting advanced technologies, methodologies and best practices in preparing the respective governmental agencies to respond in the case of facing the threat of improvised explosive devices filled with Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA) and other highly toxic substances: Chem-IED.

What was Chem-IED NATO Advanced Training Course about?

The use of chemical weapons in Syria and growing threat of use of toxic chemicals and explosive materials by terrorists raised the importance of improving public security against chemical threats.  andbrings mass killings and many victims, disruption of social life, and lead to economic burdens to society more than other criminal acts, with increased effectiveness.

Why it was needed?

There were many national and international activities that address the challenge of CBRNe materials used for the terrorist activities and other crimes. They were oriented  towards the prevention, preparedness for and response to the misuse of CBRNe agents for illegal purposes. The organizers of the ATC invited the representatives of the leading national and international programs to unite efforts and to develop an advanced course to deal with the different aspects of prevention, preparedness for and response to the use of toxic chemicals and explosive materials in the terrorist activities and other crimes, and to reduce chemical threats.

Project Objectives

1. The leading objective was the development of a concept of a training program that provides a systematic method of acquisition, collection and dissemination of the knowledge about the Chem-IED.
2. To assemble, systematise and adapt the best available expertise, knowledge and teaching techniques relevant to the subject of Chem-IED.
3. To define the potential areas of training personnel in the practical aspects of the response to chemical, physical and psychological risks resulting from possible uses of Chem-IED.
4. To record all new knowledge and shared expertise brought into a training range by every participant and create a model training curriculum.
5. To develop a network of specialists in the areas of response to Chem-IED.

Outcomes

The ATC reached its main objective by enhancing public security through promoting advanced technologies, methodologies and best practices in preparing the respective governmental agencies to respond in the case of facing the threat of improvised explosive devices filled with Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA) and other highly toxic substances: Chem-IED.

The course gave an opportunity to build and improve professional skills of trainees, improve safety and security procedures, increase national and international antiterrorist security level and, as a consequence, enhanced trainees’ countries preparedness and in the case of facing the Chem-IED attacks. The course helped develop security standards matching international requirements, improving interoperability and effectiveness of international cooperation in this area. NATO countries will benefit from greater compatibility between Their and Partner countries security systems, as well as, more effective international cooperation in counter-terrorism operations.

Project Leader

Amb. Krzysztof Paturej
President of the Board