(U//FOUO) Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) Attack the Network Lexicon

Attack the Network (AtN) Lexicon

  • 99 pages
  • For Official Use Only
  • May 2011


This first edition of the Attack the Network (AtN) Lexicon was produced by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). The lexicon contents were developed after extensive interviews with military units who successfully employed AtN principles and practices to reduce the number and effectiveness of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in the Counter-Insurgency (COIN) environment where they encountered multiple and sometimes interconnected adversary networks. The lexicon contents were further developed and refined by subject matter experts from over fifty organizations across the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security.


This lexicon is intended to provide a common operational vocabulary across the many organizations and technical/military disciplines who must coordinate their efforts to successfully attack the many different varieties of adversary networks. Adoption and widespread use of the terms in this lexicon will improve information exchange among AtN practitioners at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. This lexicon will:

• Standardize reporting and improve database content management
• Enable AtN-related education and training
• Serve as an information resource for staffs preparing to enter an AtN operational environment
• Support the harmonization and development of AtN policy and doctrine


While the original requirements and applications that led to the creation of this AtN Lexicon involved IED networks in the COIN environment, the terminology herein is not limited to that particular AtN application. The AtN Lexicon provides terminology commonly used to attack networks in a more generic sense so that this document can be used for AtN in any application domain (IED, drug, criminal, insurgent, etc.)

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