During the week of March 7, 2016, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) conducted a joint training exercise in Advanced Post-Blast Investigations with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the National Security Guard (NSG). The exercises and exchange were held at the NSG training facility in Manesar, India.
For the purposes of training, the teams detonated improvised explosive devices in a controlled environment. This allowed to them to train on detecting and combating the techniques terrorists use, and to sharpen their methods for identifying and tracing materials after a blast.
FBI Legal Attaché Ashish L. Sawkar stated that “the purpose of the exchange is to provide Indian law enforcement with state-of-the-art training and lessons learned from current FBI post-blast investigations around the world. It is also an opportunity for FBI TEDAC personnel to better understand the improvised explosive device landscape and threats facing our Indian counterparts throughout the sub-continent.”
The training and exercises also built upon the excellent law enforcement relations between the United States and India, in their joint commitment to prevent terrorist attacks against their citizens. The training was organized through collaboration between the FBI Office of the Legal Attaché in the United States Embassy in New Delhi, and the NIA and NSG.