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Raven's Challenge

2017 Raven’s Challenge Exercise


Raven’s Challenge (RC) is an annual, interagency, counter IED exercise that incorporates scenarios focused on interoperability capabilities between public safety bomb squads (PSBSs) and military explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units in operational domestic type IED environments. The exercise also provides international participation with partner nations an opportunity to observe techniques commonly employed in the United States.

Exercise Objectives:

  • Exchange tactics, techniques and procedures between PSBSs and EOD
  • Enhance team building and liaison between PSBSs and EOD elements
  • Use of dynamic live fire, realistic training scenarios designed to exercise the various disciplines

The exercise is funded by the Department of the Army (G38) and led by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). The exercise is supported with manpower through partnerships with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of the Defense, the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration, and state and local public safety agencies throughout the country.

For more information please go to https://www.psbseod.com. Registration is now open for 2017.

Dates of *Observer Controller Training and Device Build-out Dates of Exercise Location
March 13-19, 2017 March 19-24, 2017 Tucson, AZ
April 4-9, 2017 April 9-14, 2017 Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (North Vernon IN)
May 16-21, 2017 May 21-26, 2017 Camp Dawson, WV (Kingwood)
June 20-25, 2017 June 25-30, 2017 Camp Shelby, MS (Hattiesburg)
July 25-30, 2017 July 30 – August 4, 2017 Camp Pendleton/Miramar, CA (San Diego)

* Please note: Observer Controller (OC) duties are a two-week commitment.

If further information is needed please contact Program Manager john.simpson@atf.gov or Project Lead Bradley.simmons@atf.gov

Raven's Challenge 2017

Raven’s Challenge 2017 will take place at five primary venue locations. The dates and locations for 2017 are: 12-24 March 2017 in the Tucson Area, AZ, 3-14 April 2017 at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, North Vernon, IN, 15-26 May 2017 at Camp Dawson, Kingwood, WV, 20-30 June 2017 at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, MS, 23 July to 4 Aug. Camp Pendleton and Miramar California. Registration will begin in December 2016.

Public Safety Bomb Squads that would like to participate, simply go to the registration tab and sign up. Registration closes once the site is full (typically 30 days prior to the venue start date).

Military EOD: Contact your HQ to request participation in the exercise. Military commands coordinate the support for Raven’s Challenge through the exercise control team.


If your squad is cleared to participate, your Bomb Squad commander will be notified and your team will be scheduled to participate at the location you selected during registration.

What you need to bring — Bomb truck and Response gear (bomb suit, hook and line, disruptor, robot, etc.). Individuals or teams with limited equipment should contact Brad Simmons, Bradley.simmons@atf.gov to coordinate support or merger with another individual or team.

What we provide — What we provide — Lodging, meals or reimbursement, explosives and disruptor ammunition, disposable disruption tools (MWB, Hydro jet, Stingray, Alford Tools), and evidence collection supplies. You will be provided detailed reporting instructions 30 days prior to the exercise with the exact time and location to report.** Military EOD funding for per diem, lodging and meals, is through your HQ.

Public Safety and Military EOD teams will be combined into joint teams. The teams will then be given challenging response scenarios that will require them to work together. These scenarios will minimize simulation and will provide the bomb technicians the opportunity to use live explosive tools against realistic targets. Teams will be expected to provide and share information with a bomb management center and assist in providing investigative leads through accurate identification/preservation of key evidence as part of the information sharing portion of the overall exercise.