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Counter IED Training Forum

28 January, 2013 - 30 January, 2013, Arlington, VA, United States

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are makeshift weapons that range from small pipe bombs filled with military grade C4 explosives to hundred pound fertilizer road mines. Counter IEDs have been the thorn on the military’s side for years. Regardless of the amount of solutions created, money invested, or targets neutralized; IEDs simply continue to be the leading cause of casualties in the Middle East.

The Defense Department spends billions on countering this problem and has chipped away at the number of casualties and fatalities. However, adaption of the weapons remain. Once a specific IED threat is ‘solved’ with a particular device, the insurgents respond by developing a new IED to circumvent that solution. This cat and mouse game has been in action for the past decade in the Middle East and now it’s spreading to other parts of the world (South America and Africa).

The 8th annual Counter IED Training Forum returns this January with a focus on the withdrawal from the Middle East. It will investigate and display the IED community in a post-Iraq/Afghanistan world as the fight develops on our shores and those of our allied nations.

Key Topics

  • Summarizing the general state of the IED fight from the eyes of those leading the charge: Perspectives, objectives and challenges of JIEDDO, DHS, CTTSO, and other agencies
  • Understanding the international IED fight. Delving into the threats that our allied nations face in South America and Africa
  • Framing the Domestic IED threat: Is this an issue DHS/DoD and local law enforcement are prepared to handle or are there significant gaps that need to be addressed for CBRNE/IED threats?

New in 2013

  • CIED’s largest international audience ever with over five confirmed country participants
  • Homeland security: Hear from law enforcement officers, EOD officers and other domestic security forces
  • CBRNE briefs: Overlapping policies and strategies in threat containment
  • Instruction on the Dismounted Fight and overcoming its unique difficulties

Who Will You Meet?

In previous years, Counter IED Training Forum has hosted the military personnel, vendors and academia who aim to significantly change the amount of IED-related casualties. You will have the opportunity to interact with senior level professionals from the following areas:

  • Directed Energy Technology
  • Training and Route Clearance
  • Explosive Ordinance Disposal
  • Attack the Network and COIN
  • Home Made Explosives Detection
  • Robotics for IED Defeat
  • Standoff Detection
  • Jamming and Abatement Efforts

Venue & Accommodation

DoubleTree by Hilton Washington, DC – Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, Virginia
22202, United States

Expect stunning US capital views from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC-Crystal City. Located in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, our full-service hotel offers a skyline panorama that includes the Washington Monument and the Potomac River.

Discover different perspectives from the Skydome Lounge, Windows Over Washington restaurant, the fitness center, and guest and meeting rooms. Indulge in the signature DoubleTree cookie, our welcoming gift to you. Linger over a cocktail from the Skydome or the sky-lit lobby bar. Pair a fine wine with American cuisine at Windows Over Washington or choose between Café Go and the Café Restaurant. Work out using our well-equipped fitness center and indoor heated pool that is open year-round and features stunning views of the Pentagon and Washington DC. Request a PURE® allergy friendly room or suite. Enjoy movies and games with a late snack from in-room dining. Take advantage of free internet in the lobby and kiosks. Internet access in guest accommodations and meeting rooms is available for a nominal fee.

Enjoy a stroll to the Pentagon or Crystal Drive Office Park for a business meeting or go to the Crystal Underground Shopping Center to find a souvenir. Take a ride on the complimentary hotel shuttle to Pentagon City Metro light rail station for a day of sightseeing or to Ronald Reagan National Airport for your flight home.

Group Rate: $179 + 10% tax per each night

Please identify you are part of the “IDGA” group to ensure the special rate. Note that you are eligible for this rate three day prior and three days post the event, based on availability. Book your room prior to January 7, 2013 to ensure you receive the group rate, based on availability.

Reservations Telephone: 1-800-222-8733

The summit agenda is available as PDF under downloads.


  • Captain Nicholas Drury USMC, IED Division Officer, NAVSCOLEOD
  • Chris Travis, Bomb Squad Commander, Tacoma Police Department
  • Russell Sharpe, Homeland Security Coordinator, Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commissions
  • Lisa Albuquerque, Program Manager, Naval Expeditionary Dog Program, ONR
  • Cathy Cleland, Program Manager, Chemical and Biological Research, Intelligence, Defense, and Counterterrorism Global Security Directorate, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Tom Lynch, Explosive/IED Section Chairman, National Tactical Officers Association
  • Pablo Esteban Parra Gallego, Project Manager, Presidential Program for Mine Action, Colombia Mine-Action Center
  • 2nd Lieutenant Georgios Gkanalas, EOD/IEED/EOD-CBRN Officer, Greek Hellenic Air Force
  • William Billlote, Program Manager, Counterterrorism and Response Technologies, NIST
  • Alvin Burns, Advisor to Kosovo Police Directorate of Intelligence and Analysis, EULEX Rule of Law Mission-Kosovo
  • Al Johnson, Manager of Operations, RISC
  • Captain Joe Polanin USN, Commanding Officer, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • Senior Leadership, *reserved*, JIEDDO
  • Edwin Bundy, Program Manager, TWSG IDD Subgroup and EOD/LIC Program
  • Thomas Dale, C-IED Team Lead, Maneuver Center of Excellence


Event details

28 January, 2013
30 January, 2013
DoubleTree by Hilton
United States


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