Using Lessons Learned in Afghanistan to Protect the Homeland from IEDs
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations National Security Investigations Division Assistant Director John Woods addresses how ICE is at the forefront of the nation’s civilian efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and investigate the international movement of IED components and explosives precursors. “Securing Ammonium Nitrate: Using Lessons Learned in Afghanistan to Protect the Homeland from IEDs”
Program Global Shield
To combat the illicit use of precursor chemicals by terrorist and other TCOs for the manufacture of IEDs, ICE initiated Program Global Shield (Global Shield) an unprecedented, multilateral law enforcement effort aimed at combating the illicit diversion and trafficking of precursor chemicals used in making explosives by monitoring their cross-border movements. This joint ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) global project – proposed by ICE at the World Customs Organization (WCO) Enforcement Committee Meeting in Brussels, Belgium in spring of 2010 – is based on collaboration among the WCO, INTERPOL, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). This collaboration represents the first time that the threat posed by explosives precursors has been collectively addressed by the international community.