KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – After providing Allied and Afghan forces with a cloak of protection from adversarial asymmetric weapons since May 2017, technical integrators (TI) from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) closed up shop and returned to the National Capitol Region until their next mission. Meanwhile, the men and women still serving at the New Kabul Compound, Hamid Karzia International Airport and Bagram Air Field, can continue the mission at hand with assuredness that the efforts delivered by the DTRA TIs will ensure their cloak of protection stays afloat.
“We left the Afghan National Security Forces with equipment to counter or defeat explosive and asymmetric threats,” said David Gonzalez, lead technical integrator for DTRA’s Counter Improvised Threat Technologies Department. “They have been trained to operate and maintain the equipment they are using to secure their nation from these threats. After we depart, the Counter IED mission will be transferred to Department of the Army Headquarters.”
DTRA’s involvement in the NATO-led Resolute Support mission began when a large vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (LVBIED) detonated in Kabul, which devastated the German Embassy, severely damaged the UK Embassy and several Afghan Government buildings. NATO leadership requested DTRA’s support to train and advise the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces on ways to defeat improvised threats.