Global Counter-IED MapPrivate company counter-IED capacity

Allen Vanguard

allen vanguard logoLocation: Ottawa, Canada


Type: Private

Allen-Vanguard provide counter-threat solutions. The types of solutions offered include those that respond to the IED threat and include C-IED training and devices.  The services are provided to defense forces, NGOs and other commercial organisations.

They appear to specialise in Electronic Countermeasure (ECM, or ‘jammers’), that can protect the lives people in C-IED work such as Bomb Technicians, Armed Forces, Heads of State and Aid Workers.

The training courses include both the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) lines of operations, and NATO Counter-Threat doctrine. Allen-Vanguard training can teach C-IED personnel to detect and defeat devices, find the bomb-maker, force protection (such as IED awareness), Counter-radio Electronic Warfare, search techniques (such as on vehicles), and how to use C-IED equipment.

In 2000, Allen Vanguard developed TRITON® (Terrorist-Related Incidents of a Technical or Operational Nature) – ‘a comprehensive Open Source Intelligence database of IED and threat-related incidents’. The TRITON® database contains at least 160,000 incident records.

TRITON refers to both the database and the series of monthly subscription reports supported by the database.

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.