The Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE) is an International Military Organization, multinationally manned and funded by contributions from 8 sponsoring NATO nations.
Although it is accredited by NATO, a COE is not part of the NATO Command Structure (NCS), but forms part of the wider framework supporting NCS. It is established as a subsidiary body of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) in accordance with Article 9 of the North Atlantic Treaty and granted international status pursuant to Article 14 of the Paris Protocol.
The Centre is placed close to the town of Hoyo de Manzanares, province of Madrid, in a protected area considered to be of exceptional beauty and recognized as one of the World's Biosphere Reserves. Spain, as framework nation, contributes not only with a long experience in the fight against terrorism, but with fifty percent of the total manning.
The COE fosters the use of a Comprehensive Approach to face up the challenge, with the support of not only military personnel, but also the contribution from law enforcement and civilians from research & technology industry. The synergy of all these elements will contribute to the identification of terrorist / insurgent networks.