Caliburn International, a professional services company serving national defense, international diplomacy, and homeland security clients, has developed new United Nations (UN) training materials focused on eliminating improvised explosive device (IED) threats that are impeding global peacekeeping operations.
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Caliburn presents a copy of one of 12 U.S.-developed training manuals to Larry Swift (U.S. Department of State) and Alexander Riebl (UNMAS). Pictured from left to right: Phillip Ayrton, Munitions and Environmental Remediation Project Manager (Caliburn); Larry Swift, Training Program Manager (contractor with U.S. Department of State); Alex Riebel, IED Threat Mitigation Advisor (UNMAS); David Courtney, Munitions and Environmental Remediation International Operations Program Manager (Caliburn). (Photo: Business Wire)
In recent years, international peacekeeping missions have become more complex and dangerous. From 2015-2018, a total of 154 UN peacekeepers were killed in malicious attacks in operations. In a growing number of incidents, IEDs were the weapon of choice.
Funded through the U.S. Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Caliburn has created 11 training manuals focused on improvised explosive device disposal (IEDD) and conventional munitions disposal (CMD) training. The training integrates classroom instruction and practical exercises utilizing current industry best practices.
“The goal of the project was to create a complete, standardized training curriculum that would enable UN and international organizations to teach CMD, IEDD, hazard awareness, and IED threat mitigation skills using a common internationally recognized lexicon and an agreed upon set of standards,” said Mike Pate, Senior Vice President and Head of Caliburn’s Munitions and Environmental Remediation line of business.
“We are proud to serve as an integral part in this global effort to generate improved capacity to defeat these deadly explosive hazards and further improve the interoperability of UN peacekeeping forces,” said C.D. Moore, Caliburn’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President.
UNMAS and capacity-building partners such as the U.S. have increased support for counter-IED and related training for troop and police contributing countries. However, the differences in training standards across the UN and other training providers have hampered the effectiveness of such efforts, until now.
UNMAS rolled out the new course materials at an international workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Africa Command, in Nairobi.
About Caliburn International, LLC
We are a leading provider of professional services and solutions to U.S. federal government agencies and commercial clients. We provide consulting, engineering, medical, and environmental services as well as large scale program management in support of our core markets of national defense, healthcare, international diplomacy, and homeland security client readiness. Caliburn employs approximately 8,000 dedicated professionals deployed across five continents. The company’s website is www.caliburnintl.com.