Feb 27,2007 00:00
Program to Include Staff Position at JIEDDO's
The expanded program, under a Department of Justice initiative, includes detailing an ATF special agent certified explosives specialist to the staff of the military's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) Joint Center of Excellence (JCOE) at Ft. Irwin, Calif., and assisting in the training of military bomb technicians before they deploy overseas in post- blast explosives investigations and homemade explosives.
Under a memorandum of agreement signed late last year by ATF Acting Director Michael J. Sullivan and JIEDDO Director Montgomery C. Meigs, a retired U.S. Army general, the ATF detailee will be the Department of Justice's representative to JCOE and provide technical instruction for the roles ATF and other Justice Department components play in the Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell (CEXC) in Iraq and the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) back in the United States.
CEXC provides immediate, in-theater technical exploitation and operational analysis of the IEDs that insurgents have used against multinational forces, and assists in the development of measures and procedures to counter the insurgent bombing campaign. TEDAC exploits and analyzes the returning IED components, confirming the intelligence received by CEXC for assessment and eventual sharing with law enforcement and
"This agreement and the military's decision to have ATF assist in training its bomb techs further strengthens the collaboration essential to winning the war against terrorism," Sullivan said. "We're proud to be able to share our well-established expertise in explosives training and investigations with our comrades in uniform."
"This is an additional element in our ability to combat IED networks worldwide," added Meigs. "This partnership with the ATF in the global war against terrorism will help both organizations tremendously."
Under the military post-blast program, ATF will train six classes of military bomb techs this year at its
ATF, which regulates the U.S. explosives industry and has jurisdiction for investigating bombings and other explosives incidents, is one of the world's leading explosives investigative and training agencies, providing that expertise to the U.S. military, State Department, and local, state, other federal and foreign law enforcement in the United States and overseas.
Since 2001, ATF's
ATF operates the U.S. Bomb Data Center, the Department of Justice's repository for all explosives and arson information and databases. One of those databases, the Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS), allows state, local and other federal law enforcement agencies in the
ATF is also the Department of Justice's lead agency for the training of explosives and accelerant detection canines, providing instruction to other federal, state, local and international law enforcement agencies in the