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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 (IED) 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.

Vision and Mission

OBP was born of terrorism events, such as Lockerbie, Oklahoma City, 9/11, Madrid, and London. Our service is rooted in the belief that bombings continue to threaten the security of our communities, critical infrastructure, and nation. We believe that Americans and people everywhere should live free from fear of the malicious use of explosives and that the realization of this vision depends upon a well-coordinated, all-of-nation effort.

The mission of OBP is to protect life and critical infrastructure by building capabilities within the general public and across the public and private sectors to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents.

OBP accomplishes its mission through a focused portfolio of complementary counter-IED capability development programs, supporting four core initiatives:

Coordination of National and Intergovernmental Counter-IED Efforts

OBP has a leading role in implementation of the national counter-IED policy, articulated through Presidential Policy Directive 17 (PPD-17): countering IEDs; serving as the Deputy Administrator of the federal interagency Joint Program Office for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (JPO C-IED), which coordinates and tracks federal government progress in building national counter-IED capabilities; and working in close collaboration with the White House National Security Council (NSC).

OBP also leads DHS in implementation of the national counter-IED policy by administering the DHS Counter-IED Program Management Office (PMO) and chairing the DHS IED Working Group.

Through its leadership role, OBP is instrumental in aligning DHS and national counter-IED efforts through centralized and effective coordination of ongoing programs, resulting in better resource allocation within OBP and across DHS and our federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners.

Capabilities Analysis and Planning Support

OBP systematically identifies and assesses the nation’s capabilities to counter IED threats and drives capability improvement through enhanced strategy, investment, and planning-based resource optimization. 

Information Sharing and Decision Support

OBP plays a crucial role in the information sharing fabric of the federal government, not only in times of heightened threat or incidents, but also in steady state.  Through its information sharing and decision support role, OBP leverages its communications network, including detailed assignments at key federal agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Explosives Task Force (NETF), to ensure that timely and accurate information is provided to senior decision-makers across DHS, other Federal agencies, and state, local, and private sector partners across the United States to support threat and incident-based crisis decision-making.

Counter-IED Training & Awareness

To reduce risk to the nation’s critical infrastructure, OBP develops and delivers a diverse curriculum of training to build nationwide counter-IED core capabilities and enhance awareness of terrorist threats. Coordinated through state Homeland Security officials and training offices, OBP courses educate federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial participants, such as municipal officials and emergency managers; state and local law enforcement and other emergency services; and critical infrastructure owners, operators, and security staff on strategies to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents.

Contact Information

Send an e-mail to the Office for Bombing Prevention at

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

Last Published Date: March 26, 2015
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