Asia-Pacific Counter IED Center

Wednesday November 24, 2010

What is it?

U.S. Army Pacific's newly established Asia-Pacific Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Center provides servicemembers cutting-edge training to defeat IEDs.

The AP-CIED Center provides training to defeat insurgent IED tactics, techniques and procedures that are used throughout U.S. Pacific Command and overseas contingency operations. The Center's kinetic and non-kinetic enablers facilitate our ability to attack the network, defeat the device, train the force and enable partner nations.

What has the Army done?

The AP-CIED Center trains to attack the network by finding and eliminating bomb makers and their supplies prior to assembling and emplacing IEDs. By focusing on solutions that can detect IEDs, neutralizing them prior to detonation - or mitigating the effects of detonation at the point of attack - we train to _defeat the device. We train the force by preparing members of all military services to recognize and protect themselves from all types of IEDs.

At the Inaugural Training Capabilities Event at the Home Station Training Lanes at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, in June, a world-class team facilitated a comprehensive CENTCOM-focused lanes training venue for Army and Marine Corps units. The intent was to validate the Center's current program of instruction. The program incorporates current IED-related intel with operational training models that can be tailored to address not only C-IED models in Afghanistan and Iraq, but for USPACOM's area of responsibility as well.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Though the Center's initial training event was geared more towards squad- and platoon-sized elements, the intent is to mature this program to address battalion, brigade and division staff training requirements with emphasis on how units can grow their own organic C-IED staff to be versed on planning offensive C-IED operations. This, coupled with the Center's ability to shape subject matter expert exchanges with our USPACOM regional partners, will foster lasting reciprocal partnerships that support the USPACOM commander's Theater Security Cooperation Program.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Center provides training programs, intelligence products, and partner nation capacity-building to enhance survivability of U.S. and partner nations and neutralize the irregular warfare threat.

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