IFE14 was an Integrated Field Exercise to simulate an almost entire on-site inspection (OSI) in Jordan from 3 November to 9 December 2014 organized by the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). During IFE14 the inspection team conducted a meticulous search of a clearly defined inspection area to establish whether or not a nuclear explosion had been conducted. The exercise was in response to a technically realistic and stimulating but fictional scenario.
- IFE14 concludes successfully
- Detecting the smoking gun: How voluntary contributions make a difference
- High-level group observes IFE14’s field activities
- Joint CTBTO-Jordanian press release on start of IFE14
- IFE14 kicks off with launch-phase activities
- Frequently Asked Questions
- IFE14 Project Update
- Honing Airborne Technique Skills
IFE14 in the news
Chilling radiation exercises by the Dead Sea (The Independent)
Jordan - Nuclear Inspection Exercise (China Central Television)
Игры в «кошки-мышки» или как проследить соблюдение договора о ядерных испытаниях? (UN Radio) [Playing "cat and mouse" or how to verify compliance with a treaty on nuclear testing.]
Kernwaffenteststoppvertrag: Übung für Ernstfall in Jordanien mit BGR-Experten (GeoResources) [Nuclear test ban treaty: Exercising to prepare for the real thing in Jordan with experts from Germany's Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources.]
Pre-IFE14 tests and training
- Ground Control getting ready - Operation Support Centre staff training
- Final training for exercise participants concluded
- MSIR field test and expert group meeting on communications in November 2013 in Jordan
- CTBTO conducts a Deep CPT Equipment Test in advance of IFE14
- AGRS and MSIR equipment certified for operation during IFE14
- CTBTO staff trained in radiation protection and safety
Upon entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), an on-site inspection (OSI) will become the final verification measure conducted to ascertain whether or not a nuclear explosion has taken place.
Any State Party will then have the right to request the inspection of an area where it believes a nuclear explosion may have been carried out in violation of the CTBT. The Executive Council will need to approve any request before it is carried out.
An inspection follows a series of clearly defined steps and timelines. During IFE14 the organization exercised each phase of an OSI: starting with the receipt of the request, through the inspection, to the return of all equipment and personnel.
The Treaty defines specific activities and techniques that can be applied during an OSI, starting with less intrusive and moving to more intrusive techniques. Learn more about the techniques used in IFE14.
Download the pdf IFE14 Brochure providing detailed information on OSIs, the exercise objectives, techniques to be used and envisaged timelines.
Arabic version here: (PDF)
The IFE14 Build Up Exercises
In preparation for IFE14, the organization conducted a series of build-up exercises to practise each phase of an OSI within realistic time frames.
The CTBTO is involved in a continuous process of developing a training programme of inspectors for adoption upon entry into force of the CTBT. The training programme is regularly tested on surrogate inspectors, a number of whom participated in IFE14.
In September 2013, a training conducted in Sicily, Italy, familiarized participants with special airborne techniques (video) that were used during IFE14.
In advance of IFE14, the organization also trained individuals from the host country to prepare them to fulfill their various roles in the exercise.