Homeland Security

Office for Bombing Prevention

The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) leads the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to implement the National Policy for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (PDF) (National Counter-IED policy) and enhance the nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate the use of explosives against critical infrastructure; the private sector; and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial entities.

Learn more about the Office for Bombing Prevention

Contact by email at obp@hq.dhs.gov

Online Training

AWR-349 — HME and Precursor Awareness for Public Safety

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AWR-903 — Bomb Threat Preparedness and Response

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Upcoming VILTS

Registration will close 2 business days prior to the scheduled start date. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

AWR-333 — Improvised Explosive Device Construction
and Classification (IED-CC)

Provides an overview of the construction and classification of IEDs. Participants will acquire basic knowledge of IEDs, including their function, components, classifications, and how they are constructed. [75 Min]

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

January 16
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
January 23
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
January 30
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Apply
February 6
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
February 13
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
February 20
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
February 27
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Apply

AWR-337 — Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Explosive
Effects Mitigation (IED-EEM)

Introduces participants to the effects of detonations and details the difference between blast, thermal/incendiary, and fragmentation effects and the destructive consequences of each on various targets. It also describes security measures and best practices that can help prevent or mitigate explosive effects. [75 Min]

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

January 15
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
January 23
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
January 24
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
January 29
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM Apply
February 6
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
February 7
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
February 12
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
February 20
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
February 21
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
February 26
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM Apply

AWR-338 — Homemade Explosive (HME) and
Precursor Awareness (HME-P)

Provides a basic understanding on HMEs and common precursor materials. Participants will define HMEs, explain the considerations perpetrators have when evaluating whether or not to use HMEs as the explosive for an attack, and identify common precursor chemicals and materials used to make HMEs. [75 Min]

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

January 17
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
January 22
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
January 24
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
January 31
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
February 5
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
February 7
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
February 14
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
February 19
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
February 21
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
February 28
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply

AWR-334 — Introduction to the Terrorist Attack Cycle (ITAC)

Introduces a conceptual model of common steps that terrorists take in planning and executing terrorist attacks. Participants will acquire basic knowledge of how terrorists operate and be better able to counter potential attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by being able to identify the signs of a possible attack and responding appropriately and effectively. [105 Min]

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

January 16
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM Apply
January 17
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM Apply
January 22
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM Apply
January 30
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM Apply
January 31
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM Apply
February 5
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM Apply
February 13
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM Apply
February 14
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM Apply
February 19
2:00 PM – 3:45 PM Apply
February 27
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM Apply
February 28
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM Apply

AWR-340 — Protective Measures Awareness (PMA)

Introduces participants to identifying and filling facility security gaps and provides foundational knowledge on risks, risk management, and the three rings of security: physical protective measures, procedural/technical protective measures, and intelligence protective measures. Participants will acquire the background knowledge needed to devise appropriate protective measures based on the varied and unique characteristics of individual facilities. [75 Min]

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

January 15
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
January 16
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
January 23
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
January 29
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Apply
January 30
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
February 6
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
February 12
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
February 13
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
February 20
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
February 26
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Apply
February 27
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply

AWR-335 — Response to Suspicious Behaviors and Items for Bombing Prevention (RSBI)

Provides an overview of appropriate responses to suspicious behaviors and items by differentiating normal and abnormal behaviors and highlighting appropriate responses to potential terrorist or criminal activity. It also discusses the differences between unattended and suspicious items, and the responses for each situation. [75 Min]

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

January 15
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
January 17
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
January 22
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
January 24
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
January 29
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
January 31
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Apply
February 5
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
February 7
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
February 12
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
February 14
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
February 19
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Apply
February 21
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Apply
February 26
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Apply
February 28
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Apply


Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) Awareness Courses

Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) courses provide general awareness level counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) information to a broad audience through an on-line virtual training experience with a live instructor. These courses enhance participants’ awareness and capability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate attacks that use IEDs against people, critical infrastructure, and other soft targets. Perfect for participants with time availability constraints, they can be taken as stand-alone courses or serve as prerequisites for many of the instructor-led courses provided by the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP).

For more information on our courses please visit the Bombing Prevention Training page on dhs.gov.

Instructions

  • To register select the desired course from the schedule and click apply Note: Registration will close 2 business days prior to the scheduled start date
  • Two business days prior to training, you will receive an email with additional information:
    • Course-specific info
    • On-Line Virtual Classroom link and login instructions
    • Phone Bridge number and pin
  • Instructors will validate the registration during login
  • Post course survey will be required to obtain a certificate of training

Equipment Requirements

To participate in the training session, you will need a laptop, desktop or mobile device with internet access that is capable of running Adobe Connect. Smart phones and tablets may be able to download the Adobe Connect App from the appropriate App Store.

A phone (landline or cellular) will be necessary to call into the Phone Bridge.

Participation via the On-Line Virtual Classroom and the Phone Bridge is required in order to receive a certificate of completion.