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NATO Allied Command Transformation C-IED Centre of Excellence

NATO COELocation: 
Madrid, Spain


The Counter-IED Centre of Excellence is a NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) institution established in 2007 in order to provide C-IED expertise to NATO, its allies and ‘the international community’ as a whole. The C-IED COE maintains a website – previously, now at – which intends to provide a platform ‘to deliver recent and relevant information to the C-IED community of interest in current and future operations.’ The centre aims to become a global resource in three different areas:

  1. Information sharing: ‘Coordinating and merging mil/non mil CIED related Intel sources, improving multi-national info sharing and establishing/promoting Intel forums.’
  2. Technology: ‘Gathering information on current and emerging technology (Knowledge), and, simultaneously, confronting operational needs with technological solutions. It also supports CNAD’s C-IED Materiel Roadmap in some of its initiatives.’
  3. Training: ‘Coordinating international training efforts, avoiding duplications and identifying special training expertise, as NATO C-IED Training Department Head since 2013.’

The C-IED COE provides various different training programmes. It also maintains a list of useful documents and a C-IED newsletter. Globally, it has provided training to various different bodies, including UN peacekeepers in MINUSMA.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.