The Netherlands Defence Expertise Centre (DEC CIED), formerly the Joint Task Force Counter-IED (JTF C-IED), began operations in 2008, under the Netherlands Armed Forces. Through this organisation Dutch forces have introduced C-IED tactics to improve C-IED safety and effectiveness.
The DEC CIED has been involved in C-IED training for the Afghan National Army and in Iraq.
The Netherlands Armed Forces is thought to have gained a great deal of experience in Iraq and Afghanistan in C-IED, particularly in detecting and clearing IEDs as well as in jamming signals and mapping out terrorist networks by using forensic and biometric techniques.
In 2014, the DEC CIED agreed to an information sharing partnership with its counterpart in Australia. This type of information sharing, it is hoped, will help further combat the threat posed by the use of IEDs. The Information Exchange Agreement makes it possible to exchange information in the areas of techniques, doctrines, trends and the development of threats.
The DEC CIED have also run conferences on aspects of C-IED work such as biometrics, and have worked in cooperation with other organisations involved in C-IED measures.
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.
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