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Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)

cafLocation: Ottawa, Canada


Type: Military

In 2007 the CAF created the C-IED TF (formerly the Joint Counter Explosive Threat Task Force/JCET TF). Their aim is to raise their standard of preparedness in order to better battle IEDs. They continue to aim for the defeat the IED network, through synchronization between the tactical and strategic levels.

The CAF left Afghanistan in 2011 and ended the training mission in 2014.

The CAF encourages and engages many in training exercises and skills competitions. These have included those such as: Exercise Taz Runner, Exercise Rapid Trident, and the joint international exercise, Exercise Rapid Trident.

The training exercises are targeted at not only CAF members but also: government partners, local law enforcement agencies, and Allied forces. The courses aim to provide practice, and continuous learning. The events will often discuss the delicate skills required in counter-IED work, including in conflict zones and domestically.

The CAF encourages the coordination between its allies in the C-IED world. It works closely with law enforcement, border security, and port security authorities as well as others internationally to enhance interoperability and to share best practices.

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.