4. HORIZONTAL ACTIVITIES
» Law enforcement
6. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
» Intelligence systems
7. SOCIO-ECONOMIC SCIENCES AND THE HUMANITIES
» Social Sciences
Allen-Vanguard Counter Threat Solutions (AVCTS) are located in the UK and US and have extensive
experience within the fields of explosive safety and management, EOD, IEDD and Countering
Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED).
AVCTS experience and ability in the area of C-IED, EOD and IEDD is proven. AVCTS have been NATO’s
sole contractor for expert C-IED advice since 2006, providing consultancy and training up to at
national level to meet operational capability requirements. As part of the NATO programme, AVCTS
has designed, developed and delivered a full range of C-IED related courses and packages, deploying
personnel into high threat theatres when required. These courses have been planned in such a way as
to ensure capability development by gradually, through instruction and subsequent mentoring,
enabling the recipient nation or organisation to be able to undertake delivery themselves. AVCTS
continues to provide advisory missions and to work with NATO and partner nations at as part of
NATO’s C-IED Programme.
AVCTS are already a pre-qualified training services provider for UNOPS Mine Action Cluster in the
areas of: EOD (IMAS L3); IED Defeat; IED Awareness; and bespoke IED courses. AVCTS are currently
providing IEDD Training into Western Africa on behalf of UNOPS.
AVCTS have designed and developed explosive management and safety training courses based on
International Ammunition Technical Guidelines as well as UK national legislation and currently deliver
training to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) an agency of the UK Ministry of
Defence, further evidence and recognition of AVCTS’ expertise and training capacity.
All AVCTS technical efforts are underpinned by the AVCTS Threat Intelligence and Analysis department
which owns and manages TRITON®, one of the world’s largest open source databases for incidents
recording terrorist and related activity. This department comprises experienced intelligence analysts
and native speaking linguists who also focus their skills and experience onto subjects such as civil
unrest, violent crime and non-violent protest.
AVCTS are an approved International City & Guilds (IC&G) training centre. The IC&G accreditation
process includes formal external validation of AVCTS course syllabi, training methodology, test and
assessment criteria, internal quality processes and feedback actions. AVCTS are members of the
Institute of Explosive Engineers (IExpE), the U.K. Explosive Standard Setting Board (ESSB), and
EUExcert, a European organisation responsible for producing a framework for vocational education of
people in the European explosives sector.
AVCTS has a proven capacity for both the development and delivery of EOD and IEDD training courses
at all levels of competence in both permissive and non-permissive environments. We offer training
solutions and intelligence services that provide individuals the underpinning knowledge, skills and
confidence based on international standards, doctrine and best practice, to fulfil customer
requirements, safely and competently.