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26 nov. 2014 European Defence Agency - Dutch Ministry of Defence


The Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory (JDEAL), is designed to help continue the fight against improvised explosive devices. The project, launched in 2013 under the auspices of the European Defence Agency (EDA), provides a new permanent technical exploitation training facility based in Soesterberg in the Netherlands.

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6 novembre 2014 4 06 /11 /novembre /2014 19:50
New facility to help in fight against IEDs opens in the Netherlands


Soesterberg - 04 November, 2014 European Defence Agency


A new facility designed to help in the fight against Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) was officially opened today in the Netherlands. The Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory (JDEAL) provides a permanent technical exploitation training capability in the Dutch town of Soesterberg. Under the project a further two deployable laboratories could be procured for use in future operations.


JDEAL, which was facilitated by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and lead nation the Netherlands, focuses on training the full range of skills needed for technical exploitation. This involves the recording and analysing of information related to events, scenes, technical components, and material used in IED attacks. The project makes use of equipment and knowledge gained from the EDA developed Counter-IED Technical Exploitation Laboratory previously deployed with ISAF in Kabul.

Alongside the Netherlands, ten other EDA Member States – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden – plus Norway have joined the project. Denmark, the United Kingdom, the United States and the NATO Counter-IED Centre of Excellence have also sent observers.

Warrant Officer Bert Westers, from the Dutch armed forces, was previously stationed at the laboratory in Afghanistan and will now act as a trainer at JDEAL. He commented: “This new facility allows us to maintain and build on the skills and experiences that we gained in Kabul. It also helps to improve our forces’ ability to deal with threats from IEDs in the future.”


Education, research, and deployable capabilities

The training facility will host both national and multina­tional training events, tailored to the needs of the Member States involved. Alongside the training aspect, JDEAL is intended to be a platform for research and development and is specifically designed for subprojects to be launched under its framework. It will also work closely with other actors and cooperative bodies working in the counter-IED field.

In a second step the establish­ment of two deployable laboratories is planned, in order to have at least one available for upcoming operations/missions by the second half of 2015.



The JDEAL project will work across the entire scope of IED exploitation. This includes detailed visual examination and high quality image capture; technical exploitation report­ing; biometric analysis (latent finger print recovery); elec­trical circuitry (primarily radio parts); document and me­dia recovery (focused on the mobile phones often used as IED triggering devices); chemical analysis; mechanical exploitation as well as other material exploitation. This is done in close cooperation with intelligence services, which can use the results to attack the networks involved in manufacturing the IEDs.

The JDEAL project was born out of the EDA developed mul­tinational counter-IED Exploitation Laboratory (MNTEL), which was deployed in Kabul under French management. During the laboratory’s three year deployment in Af­ghanistan more than 6 000 IEDs were forensically ex­amined, providing invaluable support to law enforce­ment and leading to numerous terrorist prosecutions.


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7 août 2014 4 07 /08 /août /2014 12:50
From MNTEL to JDEAL: Counter-IED lab arrives in the Netherlands


Soesterberg - 29 July, 2014 European Defence Agency

The EDA-developed Multinational Theatre Exploitation Laboratory Demonstrator, or MNTEL (D), arrived in the Netherlands on 24 July from Afghanistan, where it was deployed since 2011.


The laboratory will now form part of a new EDA-supported initiative, the Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory (JDEAL), providing a permanent technical exploitation training facility in the Netherlands to support counter-IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) efforts. JDEAL will also provide up to two deployable Level 2 technical exploitation labs which will be available for international missions and operations involving the Member States participating in the project.


Building on the experiences of Afghanistan

The MNTEL (D) has been located in Kabul since November 2011, initially at Camp Warehouse at the operations centre for the multinational International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and then at Kabul International Airport since March 2013. In the Afghanistan Theatre of Operations it was under French management, which assumed lead nation responsibility for the project. During its deployment more than 6,000 exhibits were forensically examined.



The equipment from the MNTEL will now be moved to Soesterberg, Netherlands where the new JDEAL training facility will be located. The Netherlands will act as lead nation for the new project, which will officially launch in September 2014. This redeployment has been carried out according to the detailed exit strategy planned and has been completed ahead of the fixed deadlines.


Continuing the fight against IEDs

Improvised Explosive Devices have been the single largest killer of coalition soldiers by a significant margin, and have also killed and injured thousands of the local Afghan population. The MNTEL (D) has proved an effective tool in the fight against IEDs, and the follow on JDEAL initiative will ensure that the capability, and that the lessons learned and experience gained in Afghanistan, will continue to be used for this purpose. 


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4 août 2014 1 04 /08 /août /2014 07:50
Afghanistan : fermeture du laboratoire européen contre-IED de KAIA


01/08/2014 Sources : EMA


Le 23 juillet 2014, le laboratoire européen d’exploitation technique des engins explosifs improvisés (IED), le MNTEL (Multi National Theater Exploitation Laboratory), situé sur l’aéroport international de Kaboul (KAIA), et commandé par la France, a mis fin à ses activités.


Le projet de laboratoire a été initié en 2010 par l’Agence Européenne de Défense (AED) afin de faire face à la multiplication des bombes artisanales frappant les soldats de la coalition, les forces afghanes et les civils. Déployé à titre expérimental au service de la force multinationale en Afghanistan (ISAF), il a été installé sur le camp de Warehouse en 2011, avant d’être transféré sur KAIA en mars 2013. Il est le résultat d’une coopération multinationale associant 9 nations (Autriche, Espagne, Italie, Luxembourg, Pays-Bas, Pologne, Roumanie, Suède, France). Il est commandé par la France depuis sa création, et comptait, avant sa fermeture, 5 militaires français parmi la quinzaine de militaires européens qui l’armaient.


Grace à son expertise en explosifs, électronique, chimique et forensique, ce laboratoire se chargeait de l’analyse et l’investigation des différents composants relatifs aux IED au profit de l’ISAF et des forces de sécurité afghanes (Afghan National Security Forces, ANSF).

Au travers de l’analyse des IED, la mission principale du laboratoire était d’avoir une meilleure compréhension du fonctionnement et de l’évolution des IED, afin de permettre l’adaptation des règles comportementales sécuritaires des forces de la coalition.

Le laboratoire était pleinement intégré à la Task-Force PALADIN, tête de chaîne de la lutte contre-IED en Afghanistan. Sa zone d’action s’étendait sur l’ensemble de la région de commandement-capitale (RC-C - Kaboul et sa périphérie).

Au terme de cette mission, les matériels du laboratoire ont été restitués aux nations qui les avaient mis à disposition. Ceux qui appartiennent à l’AED ont été transférés aux Pays-Bas.

Depuis le 1er  juillet 2014, l’évaluation de la dangerosité des composants d’IED a été transférée à l’équipe française EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) de KAIA. L’exploitation technique est réalisée, dans un second temps, à la base aérienne de Bagram, vers laquelle les composants sont transférés par voie aérienne.


Le dispositif militaire français actuellement déployé dans le cadre des opérations en Afghanistan et au Tadjikistan est armé par environ 250 militaires qui poursuivent la mission de l’ISAF jusqu’à la fin de l’année 2014.

Afghanistan : fermeture du laboratoire européen contre-IED de KAIA
Afghanistan : fermeture du laboratoire européen contre-IED de KAIA
Afghanistan : fermeture du laboratoire européen contre-IED de KAIA
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3 juillet 2014 4 03 /07 /juillet /2014 10:50
Law Enforcement and Military Combine Efforts at the First European Homemade Explosives Course


Brussels - 02 July, 2014 European Defence Agency

Experts from the civilian law enforcement and the military have taken part in the first European Homemade Explosives Training course which took place between 2 and 6 June in the Curragh Camp at the IE Department of Defence Ordnance School.


The course, run jointly by the European Defence Agency and Europol, brought together 28 experts from 16 different countries.  The participants took part in highly realistic training scenarios involving homemade explosives, in order to improve skills and to share best practices. The training consisted of identifying, processing, and disposing of different types of  homemade explosives that can be found in improvised laboratories, such as those of criminals and/or terrorists.

The cooperation between EDA and Europol reflects the need for a combined civil-military approach to the threat not only of homemade explosives but the whole C-IED spectrum. This approach helps to ensure that there are clear lines of communication between the two and the need to share skills and experiences among military and civilian law enforcement agencies.


EU-US Cooperation

The course also showed the increasingly close ties between EU and US actors in the field of explosives security and safety issues with participation and support from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The course received very positive feedback from participants, with organisers looking at the possibility of arranging a second course to meet the high level of demand. 

The course forms part of EDA’s comprehensive approach to tackling improvised explosive devices (IEDs). These efforts include areas such as  the counter-IED Technical exploitation lab Level 2 Multinational Technical Exploitation Laboratory, MNTEL (D) which  has been stationed in Afghanistan since 2011, a Manual Neutralisation Techniques Category B programme, for which the first exercise will be held in September in Vienna (1 to 12 September), the Joint Deployable Exploitation Analysis laboratory (JDEAL) initiative, which its operational life is intended to start in November 2014 as well as another ongoing C IED related activities and projects.


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