This course, also known as Force Protection Electronic Countermeasures (FPECM) depending upon where you are located, is designed to provide an over-view of the many issues surrounding the use of CREW/ECM systems in the mitigation of the threat posed by RCIEDs. The course will look at the global threat and prevalence of these devices, the tactics engaged by different types of perpetrator and counter tactics engaged by friendly assets, both military and civilian. We will look at why these devices are used extensively by many different type of adversary, their options and the counter tactics, techniques and procedures that can be developed to reduce the risk. During the sessions we will look at threat definition, threat analysis and the use of open source intelligence (OSINT) in the development of mission fill (MF) and effective countermeasures. This course will be operationally focussed and look at tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) and TTP considerations across the spectrum of user groups and the numerous issues that surround this domain.
An overview of the course is as follows:
• A global RCIED OSINT threat briefing
• Understanding the IED, why is the RCIED the favoured option for asymmetric threats?
• Understanding CREW/FPECM
• Inhibition techniques
• Mission Fill & Countermeasures
• Deployment considerations
• CREW/FPECM equipment considerations
• Size, weight and power (SWaP)
• Power outputs
• The effects of non-ionizing radiation
Each session will be presented LIVE by an actively engaged instructor. The virtual classroom allows you to “raise your hand,” ask your questions audibly or type them in the chat, and the instructor will respond to your questions in real-time. It’s just like sitting in the classroom with the instructor – all without leaving your office or home. All sessions are recorded and are made available to registrants for 30 days after registering. Recordings are available within 24 hours.
Sessions for this course take place on August 21, 23, 28, and 30 from 13:00 - 16:00 EDT (17:00 - 20:00 UTC)
Session 1: Introduction to CREW and the IED threat
August 21, 2017 - 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
The improvised explosive device (IED) plays a pivotal role in asymmetric warfare and terrorism. Although the devices are simple, defeating them is complex and they continue to be weapon of choice by adversaries globally. During this session we will look at the global threat picture, trends and the under-pinning knowledge of IEDs in general required for those who will be involved in counter radio controlled IED (RCIED) electronic warfare (CREW). We will also do an introduction to CREW systems.
Session 2: CREW Capability Development and Its Role in the Broader EW Picture
August 23, 2017 - 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
During this session we will look at the development of an organization’s CREW capability and how it fits into a wider EW capability. Attacking the Network, defeating the device and preparing those engaged in this arena. We will highlight the issues, constraints, needs, limitations and process needed to select, develop and support an effective operational solution
Session 3: Exploring Various Use Cases of Crew Systems
August 28, 2017 - 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
Session 3 will look at the specific considerations for the differing user roles of CREW systems and the development of tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP). We will look at mobile, dismounted, EOD, infrastructure protection, VIP/dignitary and use by special forces.
Session 4: CREW Hardware Factors, Considerations, and Implementations
August 30, 2017 - 1300-1600 EDT (1700-2000 UTC)
In the final session we will look at types of CREW system, looking at the important factors including size, weight, power (SWaP), interoperability, radiation hazards (RADHAZ), developing and maintaining mission fill (MF) and will culminate with an interactive session looking at what makes an effective countermeasure to bring together all areas we have covered during this introductory series of classes.