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Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Training & Awareness

The building after the Oklahoma City bombing
Oklahoma City Bombing (Source: Time)

To reduce risk to the nation’s critical infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection's Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) develops and delivers a diverse curriculum of training to:

  • Build nationwide counter-improvised explosive device (IED) core capabilities.
  • Enhance awareness of terrorist threats.

Coordinated through state homeland security officials and training offices, OBP courses educate on strategies to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents. Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial participants include:

  • Municipal officials and emergency managers.
  • State and local law enforcement and other emergency services.
  • Critical infrastructure owners and operators.
  • Security staff.

Serving Critical Infrastructure Stakeholders

Since 2003, OBP has delivered more than 1,900 courses to more than 74,000 critical infrastructure stakeholders. Participants have included a diverse array of U.S. and international critical infrastructure and law enforcement professionals in support of events such as the Super Bowl, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, and the Canadian 101st Grey Cup.

OBP Training Courses

OBP Counter-IED Awareness Products

Additional Information

Please see our Counter-IED Training & Awareness fact sheet for additional information. To request training, please contact your local Protective Security Advisor (PSA) or e-mail the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) at

To report suspicious activity, call 9-1-1 or contact local law enforcement.

Last Published Date: March 26, 2015
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