Lt. Col. Raymond Lane
A former commanding officer of the DFI Ordnance School, he graduated from NUIG with an honours Science degree. He has also an MBA from the University of London. He has served in various missions with UN/EU/NATO/PFP in Lebanon/ Bosnia and most recently as Chief Operations Officer of the C-IED Branch NATO, Afghanistan. He has over 30 years of experience in the EOD/IEDD/CBRNE fields. He was chairman of the EDA Counter –IED working group for 8 years, and Co Chairman (with China) of the UN EOD project team. As the Commanding officer of the Irish Defence Force Ordnance School, Ray has coordinated training for international personnel from 43 counties. Under his remit, the school has undertaken NATO/PFP Pre-Ops IEDD courses in addition to many EDA sponsored courses. In 2014 the Ordnance School hosted two EDA/Europol HME courses which set the standard for training in this area. In 2016, Ray developed the innovative course on Countering Marauding terrorism, this course has now been funded by NATO and future proofed against new threats. In 2012, Ray led a military scientific group to NUI Galway to meet Prof. Joshi and discuss a way forward for countering biological pathogens in a terrorist, criminal scenario. This work has been extremely helpful in the development of Defence Forces Countering Biological capability.