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International Bomb Data Center Working Group (IBDCWG)

Type: International

The IBDCWG is a collaborative body, comprised of bomb data centers and recognized government agencies that are focused on the efficient and effective sharing of technical intelligence on explosives, as well as other information related to the unlawful use of explosives.

The Working Group was formed in 2005 by bomb data centers from 12 countries who saw the need for such information sharing in C-IED and counter-terrorism work. The group now has more than 40 member nations and an additional 12 countries participating with observer status.

These members include bomb data centers from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

The roles and functions of each bomb data center varies but all members must be legitimate government agencies responsible for the management of technical intelligence and information related to the unlawful use of explosives.

Each year the IBDCWG holds a conference. These include presentations from member nations regarding major incidents, emerging trends, and other topics of interest, as well as demonstration of new tools and techniques and focused discussions on best practices to employ in future attacks using explosives.

The IBDCWG also facilitates information sharing through the IBDCWG Portal, where not only can information be posted but members can also engage in encrypted live chat.

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.