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The Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals CD-ROM is a powerful tool for training force protection personnel. In addition to exploring many "conventional" threats and countermeasures, the BCSP program provides a detailed study of security measures for the most significant terrorist-related threat to military facilities -- WMD-scale car and truck bombs.

Following is a list of the BCSP lessons most applicable to force protection.

Lesson One: Introduction to the Threat
Lesson Two: Characteristics of Explosive Devices
Lesson Four: Defense Against Courier Bombs
Lesson Five: Bomb Search and Threat Response
Lesson Six: Defense Against Mail Bombs
Lesson Eight: Defense Against WMD-Scale Bombs
Lesson Ten: Post-Blast Response Procedures

Ideally, all personnel (enlisted and officers) assigned to force protection activities should complete these seven lessons. To complete these seven lessons as a self-study program requires approximately 9 hours.

Additionally, all personnel responsible for force protection planning should complete the following two lessons.

Lesson Three: Bomb Security Planning
Lesson Nine: Blast Mitigation Design for Facilities

CID personnel and military police assigned to VIP protection should also complete Lesson Seven: Defense Against Anti-Vehicle Bombs.

NOTE: Many of the procedures described in the BCSP lessons are modeled after protocols developed in the private sector or in countries with persistent terrorist activity. Though some of these procedures may not coincide with unit SOPs, military personnel will benefit tremendously by learning these procedures. Viewing the threat-related problems and solutions generated by others increases the ability of personnel to anticipate and adapt to changes in terrorist modus operandi.

Instructional Approach

The BSCP CD-ROM can be used for both self-study applications and for supporting classroom-based instruction. The following guidelines are designed for use in force protection training at battalion or company-level.


As a supplement to standard unit training, personnel are individually assigned a copy of the BCSP CD-ROM and provided with access to a computer. Personnel then complete the assigned lessons and review quizzes. Upon completion, a designated instructor administers a test modified from the 50-question comprehensive test located on the CD-ROM. The test is graded and maintained on file by the unit.

Due to the time required to complete the lessons as an independent study program, units may wish to limit this type of training to NCOs and officers. In other cases, the CD-ROM may be used as a voluntary supplement to training and kept at the unit/installation LRC or training office.

Group Instruction

Force protection trainers who wish to use the BCSP program to support group instruction have a number of options in how the program can be used. BCSP Version 2.0 includes four classroom training modules that directly relate to force protection:

1. Characteristics of Explosive Devices
2. Building Search Procedures
3. Mail Screening Procedures
4. Post-Blast Response Procedures

These modules are self-contained, on-screen presentations designed for use by instructors in classroom environments. To effectively use these presentations, the instructor should be thoroughly familiar with the information in Lessons 2, 5, 6, and 10. For maximum benefit, the instructor should supplement the oral lecture for these classroom presentations with hands-on training and exercises. The instructor should also place these procedures in context with the unit's SOP.


Inert Training Aids & Posters

Securesearch, Inc.
3500 Pharmacy Avenue
Unit 4, Scarborough
Ontario, Canada M1W 2T6
Tel. 416.492.5349

Security Design & Development Ltd
207 Chester Road
Watford, Hertforshire
WD1 7RH, England
Tel. +44 (0)1923 818342

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Stamford, NY 12167
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Liliburn, GA 30048
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Securesearch, Inc.
3500 Pharmacy Avenue
Unit 4, Scarborough
Ontario, Canada M1W 2T6
Tel. 416.492.5349