"Faced with a terrorist movement that went global several years ago, bomb squad commanders around the world have come to realize that the days of localized threats are over. In response, several agencies joined to host an Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Commanders Summit in Denver, Colo. Twenty-five U.S. bomb squad commanders and 10 of their non-U.S. counterparts who participate in bilateral research and development (R&D) programs with U.S. agencies attended the event on Sept. 23-25, 2009. The event was hosted by the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, the Combating Terrorism Technology Support Office-Technical Support Working Group, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board (NBSCAB) and NIJ's [National Institute of Justice] Weapons and Protective Systems Technologies Center of Excellence. Participants brought with them examples of the technical and tactical challenges they have faced and the solutions they have developed so that attendees could share the knowledge required to defeat this global issue. Their efforts will produce a compilation of the challenges and solutions shared plus strategy-related recommendations brought out during breakout sessions focusing on vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs), person-borne improvised explosive devices (PBIEDs), homemade explosives, training and intelligence."
National Institute of Justice (U.S.): http://www.justnet.org/
National Law Enforcement & Corrections Technology Center, TechBeat (Winter 2010)