December 14, 2016
In Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are among the main causes of military and civilian casualties. To counter this type of threat, France has created a counter-IED analysis laboratory.
On 13 December 2016, over 100 counter-IED experts from NATO member and partner countries attended a demonstration of the French Counter-IED Exploitation Laboratory (CIEL) at NATO Headquarters.
The laboratory is the kind of equipment that could plug a capability gap for the member and partner countries in the short term by providing means of analysing the threat and thereby supporting national forces.
“The CIEL laboratory is unique and meets the needs of those in the field perfectly,” says Jamie Shea, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges. “It’s easy to deploy, flexible and modular. This type of capability will help give the armed forces a technological edge and better meet the challenges we face.”