Counter-IED Training
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Twentynine Palms, California
Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center

The first step to becoming effective in the counter-IED fight is understanding the threat. Marines must learn about the IEDs themselves, including how they are built. Marines must understand the people who make the IEDs, including the ideology and motivations that influence the network of individuals that bring IEDs into existence. Most importantly, Marines must understand the tactics used to lay and detonate IEDs from the enemy point of view and how to counter these tactics from the friendly point of view. Specialized simulation training focuses on these skill sets, providing Marines interactive environments to test and develop their fundamental knowledge of the IED threat.

Supporting simulations: MCIT, VBS2 IMT
Recommended training time: 2 to 4 hours

In order to find IEDs on the battlefield, Marines must learn what to look for. Simulation training provides highly accurate images of battlefield hazards through different types of sights, such as daylight, thermal, and night vision imagery. Videos require user interaction in every exercise. With a pre and post test, trainers can track and assess progress. Simulation training can teach Marines what an IED looks like.

Supporting simulations: ROC-IED, ROC-SB
Recommended training time: 2 to 4 hours

Knowing what an IED looks like is only part of a Marine’s understanding of the IED threat. Marines must learn where to look on the battlefield for an IED. Skills to find IEDs amongst all the collateral items in the environment are developed through practice into seasoned intuition. Simulation provides various scored games that test a Marine’s ability to discern the best IED positions in short periods of time.

Supporting simulations: Eagle Eye
Recommended training time: 1 to 2 hours

When Marines understand and recognize IEDs, they must combine their counter-IED skills with the rest of the skills required in various tactical scenarios. Operating mounted or dismounted, Marines can use simulation environments to include counter-IED in their training. With the ability to place IEDs during scenario planning or in real time during scenario execution, the simulation staff can tailor the training to meet the needs and objectives of the unit commander.

Supporting simulations: VBS2
Recommended training time: 2 to 4 hours

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