Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO) Course
The S2 Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO) Course is designed to prepare security and law enforcement professionals for assignments involving the protection of 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.
The information presented in this course reflects best practices in anti-terrorism, physical security, and emergency preparation as may be applied to a wide range of commercial and government facilities. The measures presented in this course are based on the instructor’s decades of experience in managing risks of terrorist violence, critical evaluation of hundreds of terrorist attacks, and analysis of methods for managing terrorism-related problems pioneered by organizations throughout the world.
Summary of topics include:
Introduction to Terrorism • Dynamics of Terrorist Attacks • Advanced IED Threat M.O. • Chem-Bio Terrorism • AT Countermeasures & Risk Management Concepts • Protective Counterintelligence/OPSEC • Physical Security Design and Entry Control Planning • 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 course outline below for a detailed description of topics.
- Recognizing risks associated with contemporary terrorism including an in-depth understanding of contemporary terrorist modus operandi.
- Understanding technical characteristics of explosive events, CBRN weapons, IEMI threats, and ballistic weapons necessary for designing effective protective measures.
- Identifying security requirements essential to reducing terrorism-related risk.
- Assessing facility risks and utilizing risk management principles in anti-terrorism planning.
- 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 facility and building 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, chem-bio, and IEMI attacks.
- Developing an effective mail screening and security program.
- Recognizing indications of terrorist attack or impending terrorist events.
- Developing a facility-level Incident Command System and designing effective infrastructure to support emergency response operations.
- Developing safe and effective procedures for responding to a full spectrum of terrorist attack scenarios.
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Advanced Training Section, U.S. SOCOM
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Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, USAF
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National Bank of Romania
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U.S. Department of Treasury
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U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
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The Swatch Group
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Nigeria LNG Limited
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U.S. Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit
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IBM Pacific Asia
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Ministry of Justice, Netherlands
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Gen. M. Ebeid
American University in Cairo
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Walt Disney Corporation
"The instructor was very knowledgeable and experienced. The course was well prepared and presented.”
“This course takes anti-terrorism theory and puts it in a practical perspective. I would rate it very high against the other anti-terrorism training I have had.”
U.S. DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons
“The best training I’ve ever had. Extraordinary trainer. Extremely important.”
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A. Baez, M.D.
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
"Mr. Gundry has to be one of the most knowledgable instructors on terrorism in the country. He lives and breathes anti-terrorism.”
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Dept.
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U.S. Dept of Defense
"The overall course was excellent. I would recommend other personnel within security and emergency services to take it."
U.S. Department of State
"This is the best anti-terrorism course I have taken, even the anti-terrorism courses in college, DoD and the military did not go into this much detail."
U.S. Air Force Academy
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U.S. Border Patrol / Department of Homeland Security
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Lt. Col. R. Carvalho
Head of Aviation Security Division, Brazilian ANAC
193 Special Operations Wing, USAF
"Very well written and presented. I would recommend this course of study to anyone wanting to further their knowledge in regards to terrorism."
W. S. Holmes
U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Mint
"This is by far one of the most interesting anti-terrorism courses that I have had the opportunity of taking. It contained much material not covered in many of the other courses."
New World Restaurant Group
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U.S. DoD / Ft Belvoir Police
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Jaffrey Police Dept
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America West Airlines
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R. W. Calvert
Department of National Defense, Canada
"OUTSTANDING and very thorough. Although the information is very in depth and complex, Craig Gundry is an excellent teacher that from his own past experiences, can present the material to any stage, regardless of the students past level of experience, to ensure a full understanding of the course materials. I would definitely recommend this course and any course of training by Mr Gundry."
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M. van der Zeijden
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
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U.S. Department of State