New center aids in defeating explosive devices

| June 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs
News Release

Soldiers receive training certificates upon completion of the Asia-Pacific C-IED Fusion Center course that provides service members stationed in the Pacific access to cutting-edge training in the fight to defeat improvised explosive devices. (Kristin McCallister | Asia-Pacific C-IED Fusion Center)FORT SHAFTER — U.S. Army- Pacific’s newly established Asia-Pacific Counter–Improvised Explosive Device, or C-IED, Fusion Center provides service members stationed in the Pacific access to cutting-edge training in the fight to defeat improvised explosive devices. 

IEDs are currently the leading cause of casualties to troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

The make-shift or “homemade” bombs often are used by enemy forces to destroy military convoys.

“The IED threat and our efforts to defeat the threat are top priorities for the Department of Defense, the Army and USARPAC,” said Col. Stanley Toy, director, C-IED Fusion Center, USARPAC. 

“The Asia-Pacific Counter–Improvised Explosive Device  Fusion Center is focused on defeating the weapon causing the greatest number of casualties in Afghanistan, Iraq and in the Asia-Pacific area of operations,” Toy explained.

USARPAC’s C-IED Fusion Center, located in the command’s headquarters, here, was developed to combine intelligence gathering, training and a knowledge center to defeat IEDs in Afghanistan, Iraq and Asia-Pacific countries where IEDs are an increasing threat.  

The curriculum at the C-IED Fusion Center, or “Counter-IED University,” as Toy puts it, is designed to teach troops at all levels about the basics of counter-IED operations. 

The course’s goal is to give deploying troops greater freedom of movement when they operate in areas where IEDs are regularly used, Toy said.  

“The end state is our ability to achieve freedom of movement in theater to deny the insurgents the ability to use IEDs against us,” Toy said. 

“It’s through the center that we’re able to provide an over-the-shoulder look at what they’re going to likely see when they deploy, and it will be specific to the area in which they’re going to operate,” Toy said.

“Simply put, the IEDs are an increasing threat throughout the U.S. Pacific Command’s area of responsibility,” Toy added. “IEDs are the weapon of choice of our adversaries. They are cost effective and achieve the desired results.

“Through the Asia-Pacific C-IED Fusion Center, USARPAC is devoting significant resources to include equipment, personnel, tactics, training and procedures to defeating IEDs,” Toy said.

The C-IED training will be conducted primarily at Army training facilities on Oahu, Toy said. 

To combat the threat to the PACOM AOR, the C-IED University also plans to offer training to partner countries. 

“We understand we have a PACOM responsibility under the Theater Security Cooperation Plan to engage with our regional partners,” Toy said.

“The Asia-Pacific Counter – Improvised Explosive Device Fusion Center will work with our Asian-Pacific allies to develop integrated solutions that balance intelligence, training and technology,” Toy said.

“We are facing a thinking, evolving enemy who will continue to change methods as we find ways to defeat them,” Toy concluded. “We are also a thinking, adaptive adversary seeking to counter our enemies and anticipate their next moves.”

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