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This Masterclass will provide a comprehensive survey and in-depth analysis of the growing range of military IED threats and civilian terrorist devices; the latest technologies, practices and procedures in counter-IED; priorities for training and funding; the role of weapons and human intelligence in past and present operations; a Workshop on first response to an IED incident; challenges we face in dealing with the devices of the future.

By popular demand we are running a second year of the IEDs Masterclass. This year the sessions will be extended from a half-day to one day.


Benefits of Attending


Upon completion of this Masterclass, through a combination of presentations and interactive discussion, you will:

  • Acquire an understanding of the current IED and explosives threat in civilian and military settings and gain an insight into the current capabilities of insurgents and terrorist groups and individuals from specific incidents, IED forensics, supply chains, and intelligence
  • Learn about bomb disposal techniques and technologies used in Afghanistan and Iraq against a growing range of devices
  • Gain an insight from previous and current examples of counter-IED operations and counterterrorist Case Studies
  • Examine current counter-IED technologies against prime civilian threats, including transit systems and airports
  • Discuss counter-IED methods during first response to an incident and work through the possibilities and problems which arise
  • Assess how technologies, training and intelligence can be combined to face up to the IED threat, including improvised CBRN devices
  • Learn from extremely experienced lecturers with international reputation.



Who should attend


  • Police, Fire, Ambulance and other First-Responders
  • Policy Makers at Government, Military and local authority level
  • Companies making robotics and detection equipment
  • Personnel from CBRN military units
  • EOD trainers and officers contemplating EOD training
  • Academics specializing in terrorism, course organizers, lecturers and students at military colleges
  • Specialist Journalists



About your Masterclass leaders


Andy Oppenheimer
Analyst and Lecturer in CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Weapons and Explosives)
  • Editor of G2 Defence Intelligence & Security Magazine
  • Editor of Chemical & Biological Warfare Review
  • Former Editor of Jane’s Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Defence
  • Former Editor of NBC International
  • Strategic Analyst on Consultancy Groups specializing in CBRN and C-IED
  • 12 years as a defence analyst specialising in CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) weapons and explosives, counterterrorism, homeland security
  • Focusing on IED TTPs (tactics, techniques & procedures), counter-IED, CBRN weapons proliferation, country risk assessments, first response, CBRN defence equipment, critical infrastructure protection, business continuity
  • Specialist in the operations and expertise of the IRA
  • Author of IRA: The Bombs and the Bullets, A History of Deadly Ingenuity (Irish Academic Press, 2008)
  • Author of hundreds of articles for Jane’s Information Group publications and other specialist journals worldwide
  • Consultancy reports for government and private sectors
  • Presentations at conferences, workshops and professional seminars
  • Consultancy for documentary and film makers and broadcast news networks
  • Conference programme consultancy, Former Chairman of the NBC International Annual Conferences
  • 30+ years as a scientific commissioning editor, administrator and writer
  • Proven ability to analyse and communicate CBRNE topics - from overviews and threat analyses to more highly technical material - to any audience


Richard Warnes
Analyst in Defence and Security at RAND Europe
Telephone                                +44 (0)1223 353 329
Mobile                                     +44 (0) 7525 967079
Email                                       rwarnes@rand.org
  • Analyst on the Defence and Security Desk at RAND Europe, Cambridge UK
  • Interests: policing, organised crime, the military and counter-terrorism
  • Joined RAND in early 2007 after serving for nine years as an Officer with the London Metropolitan Police Service - served in a uniformed response team, as a CID detective, and as a Borough Intelligence Unit (BIU) desk, officer for drugs and firearms
  • Trained and used in a ‘public order’ (riot control) role and as rapid entry team member for the securing of dangerous venues, particularly drug-related ‘crack’ houses
  • In final three years of police service from 2004, selected to serve in Special Branch within the Specialist Operations Command at New Scotland Yard
  • Participated in pro-active intelligence-led operations and evidential investigations into terrorism within the UK
  • Seven years in British Army Intelligence Corps as a reservist for seven years
  • Mobilised and served full time for 2½ years inc. 6-month tour of Bosnia during the civil war as part of a Joint Field Intelligence Team (JFIT)
  • Between completing his first degree and military service, worked for seven years in international relief and human rights, travelling extensively into Communist Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia

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Masterclass programme

9:45 Registration & Coffee

10:00 Opening Remarks

10:20 The Growing Range of IED's - Iraq and Afghanistan

11:00 Civilian threats including "lone wolves", hoaxes, homeland attacks

11:20 Threats to Airports and Transit Systems

11:40 Morning Coffee

12:00 EOD and IEDD principles: weapons intelligence, remote handling, disruptors

12:30 Networking Lunch


14:30 Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) against Radio-controlled IEDs


16:00 Afternoon Tea

16:20 Breaking the networks: Using intel to attack IED supply chains

16:40 Devices now and the future - CBRN, thermobarics, EFPs

17:00 Discussion and Questions

17:30 End of Masterclass


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

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CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

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‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


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