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Raven's Challenge

2017 Raven’s Challenge Exercise


Raven’s Challenge (RC) Interoperability Exercise 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 environments. The exercise also provides national level leadership an opportunity to monitor events as they unfold and make preemptive decisions to lessen the impacts of a potential IED campaign. The enduring training objectives are:

Exercise Objectives:

  • Exchange tactics, techniques and procedures between PSBSs and EOD elements
  • Enhance team building and liaison between PSBSs and EOD elements
  • Use of dynamic live fire training scenarios

The exercise is funded by the Department of the Army and organized by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Personnel from multiple agencies including 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 all provide manpower resources to assist in completion of the exercise.

For more information please go to https://www.psbseod.com. Registration for 2018 will be open in October 2107.

Dates of *Observer Controller Training and Device Build-out Dates of Exercise Location
March 12-23, 2018 March 18-23, 2018 Pinal Airpark, Marana, AZ
April 3-13, 2018 April 8-13, 2018 Camp Shelby, MS
May 1-11, 2018 May 6-11, 2018 Muscatatuck, North Vernon IN
July 10-20, 2018 July 15-20, 2018 Camp Dawson, WV

* Please note: Observer Controller (OC) duties are a ten day commitment.

Any Hazardous Devices School (HDS) certified state and local partner interested in assisting as an OC should contact John Simpson, Raven’s Challenge Program Manager, at john.simpson@atf.gov

Raven's Challenge 2018

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.