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National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board

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The National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board (NBSCAB) is considered the leadership element of the U.S. Bomb Squad program. It is made up of 12 elected members from 4 (national) regions, who are all on record with the Hazardous Devices School (HDS) as the Bomb Squad Commander.

It is responsible for giving advice to Federal agencies in regard to important bomb squad related issues. The NBSCAB also construct the guidelines and standards for bomb squads.

The main tasks for the board members include:

  • Acting as the recognized point of contact on all matters related to U.S. Bomb Squads.
  • Resolving issues regarding certification and accreditation.
  • Making recommendations concerning HDS and other training.
  • Reviewing research and development needs.
  • Acting as a steering committee for Bomb Squad Commanders Conferences.
  • Examining issues related to the FBI’s Special Agent Bomb Technician liaison program and other Federal programs that are of importance to the Board and bomb squads.
  • Develop and publish long range strategic plans and recommendations for bomb squad development.

NBSCAB aims to maintain close relationships with all federal agencies that provide support to bomb squads. They encourage an alignment of the agency’s resources in order to achieve optimum effectiveness. NBSCAB also maintains a strong relationship with the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).

In the past they have worked to establish national programs for bomb squad accreditation and bomb technician certification. As well as work with agencies to establish what the most effective and required equipment is for bomb squads. They have also participated in research initiatives on the emerging IED threats, such as suicide bombings.

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.