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Army March 3, 2011
WITHOUT doubt, impro-
vised explosive devic-
es (IEDs) are the big-
gest threat to ADF
and coalition personnel serving in
Last year they killed more than 600
coalition soldiers and injured more
In December, the ADF Counter
IED Task Force (CIED TF) held its
fourth annual symposium, sharing
ideas on how to counter the deadly
The theme "Institutionalising
CIED" focused on the key areas of
CIED intelligence, training, route
clearance, force protection counter-
measures, science, technology and
More than 160 personnel from the
UK, US, the Netherlands, Canada and
New Zealand attended.
CIED TF Commander Brig Wayne
Budd said the threat was not new to
ADF and coalition personnel.
"In Vietnam an IED was called a
booby trap," Brig Budd said.
"The IED threat in its widespread,
strategic use in Afghanistan will be
an enduring problem on future bat-
"The symposium examined
the IED threat and looked at ways
to break the cycle of how in the past
we've reacted to insurgents' tactics
and them to ours."
One of the major outcomes of the
symposium was a proposal to incor-
porate CIED training within regular
"At this stage we are talking about
reinforcing knowledge at the base
level [of soldiering], ensuring CIED
is added as a sustainable foundation
warfighting skill," Brig Budd said.
"We'd like to see CIED training
conducted on a more regular basis,
rather than only in a response to a
mission or deployment.
"This would be a better way of
preparing our soldiers and would
reduce the amount of training needed
during mission readiness exercises."
The symposium also explored
ways of changing the ADF's proce-
dures for developing and purchasing
"Currently, when Army purchases
a type of hardened vehicle and before
Understanding improvised explosive devices may
become a basic soldier skill if a proposal from
the recent Counter-IED symposium is adopted,
Sgt Andrew Hetherington reports.
Watch your step
When the plates are
depressed, such as
by the weight of a
person or a vehi-
cle, the circuit
With a standard battery
providing power, a
can remain operational
Explosively formed penetrator
IEDs, made using tank or
artillery shells, were most
commonly encountered in Iraq.
In Afghanistan, IEDs are often
made using cruder but equally
effective explosives such as
ammonium nitrate / fuel oil.
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