Anti-Terrorism and Diplomatic Security Course

The S2 Anti-Terrorism and Diplomatic Security training course is designed to prepare Regional Security Officers for assignments involving the protection of diplomatic facilities against terrorist attack. This program provides a detailed exploration of contemporary terrorist methods and essential skills and knowledge necessary for managing terrorism-related risks against diplomatic missions.

The information presented in this course reflects best practices in anti-terrorism, physical security, and emergency preparation as specifically applicable to Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilities. The measures presented in this course are based on the instructor’s decades of experience assisting organizations in managing risks of terrorist violence, critical evaluation of hundreds of terrorist attacks, and analysis of methods for managing terrorism-related threats pioneered by diplomatic security services throughout the world.

The basic 5-day version of the Anti-Terrorism and Diplomatic Security training course explores the threat of terrorism and effective security measures for protecting diplomatic facilities. The 8-day advanced version of this program includes an added day of training in personnel security and special events, and two days of in-class exercises focusing on risk and vulnerability assessment methods.

Summary of topics in the basic-level course include:

Diplomatic Security and The Terrorist Threat • Dynamics of Terrorist Attacks • Advanced IED Threat M.O. • Chem-Bio Terrorism • AT Countermeasures & Security Risk Management Concepts • Protective Counterintelligence and Operations Security • Physical Security Design and Entry Control Planning for Diplomatic Missions • Blast & Weapons Effects Mitigation • Mail Security Planning • Emergency Response Planning & Infrastructure Design • Response to Armed Attacks • Bomb Threat Management • Suspect IED & VBIED Response • Post-Blast Response • CBRN Attack Response

See the outline below for a detailed description of diplomatic security training topics encompassed in both versions of the program.

    • Recognizing current trends and risks associated with terrorism against diplomatic missions including an in-depth understanding of contemporary terrorist modus operandi.
    • Understanding technical characteristics of explosive events, CBRN weapons, and ballistic weapons necessary for designing effective protective measures.
    • Identifying security requirements essential to reducing terrorism-related risk against diplomatic facilities.
    • Assessing facility risks and utilizing risk management principles in security planning and emergency preparation.
    • Implementing Operations Security (OPSEC) and protective counterintelligence principles to impair terrorists’ ability to gather target intelligence.
    • Designing and specifying physical security measures for effective performance against terrorist armed attack and IED delivery scenarios.
    • Developing effective entry control measures for validating, screening, and searching entrants at entry points.
    • Identifying hazardous devices, possible device components, and risks associated with hazardous devices.
    • Designing and specifying protective measures and facility improvements for mitigation of projected charge weapon, IED,  and chem-bio attacks.
    • Developing an effective mail screening program.
    • Recognizing indications of terrorist attack or impending terrorist events.
    • Developing an Incident Command System and designing effective infrastructure to support emergency response operations at the mission-level.
    • Developing safe and effective procedures for responding to a full spectrum of terrorist attack scenarios against diplomatic facilities.

Course Details

Craig Gundry

Restriction Level
Level 2 – Verified Security Professionals & Law Enforcement Only

Presentation Time
Basic: 40-Hrs/5 Days
Advanced: 63-Hours/8 Days

Regional Security Officers, Security Professionals Employed by Ministries of Foreign Affairs

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