The Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory (JDEAL), is designed to help continue the fight against improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The project provides a new permanent technical exploitation training facility based in Soesterberg in the Netherlands. Technical exploitation refers to the recording and anaylsis of evidence from IED attacks. Two deployable laboratories will also be procured under the project. The JDEAL project makes use of equipment and knowledge of the Counter-IED Technical Exploitation Laboratory previously deployed to ISAF/Afghanistan.
- Improve Member States technical exploitation capabilities
- Provide a permanent training facility for national and international training in the Netherlands
- To procure two new deployable laboratories for use by participating Member States
- Provide a platform for reseach and development - with room for subprojects to be launched under the JDEAL framework
JDEAL, which was facilitated by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and lead nation the Netherlands, focuses on training the full range of skills needed for technical exploitation. This involves the recording and analysing of information related to events, scenes, technical components, and material used in IED attacks.
The project makes use of equipment and knowledge gained from the EDA developed Counter-IED Technical Exploitation Laboratory (MNTEL) previously deployed with ISAF in Kabul.
The project will allow both for multinational training, raising the knowledge base and skill levels of European counter-IED operatives. It will also ensure that the skills gained from tackling IEDs in Afghanistan are maintained and the experiences are built on.
The JDEAL project will work across the entire scope of IED exploitation. This includes detailed visual examination and high quality image capture; technical exploitation reporting; biometric analysis (latent finger print recovery); electrical circuitry (primarily radio parts); document and media recovery (focused on the mobile phones often used as IED triggering devices); chemical analysis; mechanical exploitation as well as other materiel exploitation.