USA — Warfighters sharpen IED awareness on JKnIFE

WASHINGTON (Army News Ser­vice) — The most cur­rent and rel­e­vant impro­vised explo­sive device facts are a few clicks away, online, at the Joint IED Defeat Organization’s Knowl­edge and Infor­ma­tion Fusion Exchange web­site.

Smoke and dust rises after an improvised explosive device explodes in front of a convoy. The most current and relevant improvised explosive device facts are a few clicks away, online, at the Joint IED Defeat Organization's Knowledge and Information Fusion Exchange website -- called JKnIFE for short.
Smoke and dust ris­es after an impro­vised explo­sive device explodes in front of a con­voy. The most cur­rent and rel­e­vant impro­vised explo­sive device facts are a few clicks away, online, at the Joint IED Defeat Organization’s Knowl­edge and Infor­ma­tion Fusion Exchange web­site — called JKnIFE for short.
Pho­to cred­it Sgt. Sean Kim­mons

At the site — called JKnIFE for short — warfight­ers, train­ers and observers have access to life­sav­ing infor­ma­tion.

“We think our great­est return on invest­ment comes from reach­ing the next-deploy­ing warfight­ers and train­ers,” said JKnIFE direc­tor Mike McLean.

“The JKnIFE site gives warfight­ers a counter-IED com­mon oper­a­tional pic­ture. You get the lat­est C-IED Task Force reports and sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness, orga­nized by task force and loca­tion,” said Marine Corps Lt. Col. Chad Hedle­ston, a JIEDDO train­ing offi­cer.

Site per­for­mance is quick, offer­ing cus­tomized search­es and eye-catch­ing graph­ics. A ser­vice called RFI Watch takes requests for infor­ma­tion, and promis­es a response with­in 24 hours, though it answers most with­in three.

Users can also share IED infor­ma­tion and pro­vide feed­back.

“If there were short­com­ings they saw, we will look into what we pro­vid­ed,” said JIEDDO Com­mand Sgt. Maj. Todd Bur­nett. “We want them to use JKnIFE to give us that feed­back.”

McLean said some feed­back from the train­ing com­mu­ni­ty indi­cates JKnIFE helps them tai­lor their train­ing to the type of IED being seen in a par­tic­u­lar area of respon­si­bil­i­ty.

“We are very pleased that we can go to one site and access 99 per­cent of what we need, to remain cur­rent and rel­e­vant, in C-IED and IED defeat train­ing,” said one respon­dent.

Recent addi­tions to JKnIFE include direct por­tals from oper­a­tional com­mands where coali­tion part­ners get the same look and feel as every­one else. Joint Forces Com­mand and JIEDDO main­tain the site with the goal to make counter-IED infor­ma­tion avail­able quick­ly and eas­i­ly.

“It is a one-stop shop­ping site that pre­vents a unit or indi­vid­ual from hav­ing to waste the pre­cious time lead­ing up to a deploy­ment devel­op­ing a com­pre­hen­sive train­ing plan,” wrote a recent vis­i­tor to the JKnIFE site. “A clear­ing­house such as JKnIFE is a must pri­or to deploy­ment.”

The JKnIFE web­site is avail­able at https://knife.jfcom.mil/Pages/KnIFEPublic.aspx. Users will need a com­mon access card to access the site.

(Franz Holz­er writes for the Joint Impro­vised Explo­sive Device Defeat Orga­ni­za­tion)

Source:
US Army

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