Journal of Counterterrorism & Security Intl, Vol.8, No.1, 2001
CD-ROM Review

Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals
Standard Edition, Version 2.0 Palladium Media Group, Inc., 2001

By Jack Plaxe

Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals (BCSP) is a multimedia training CD-ROM. Late last year I reviewed version 1.1 of this product and while generally complimentary, I found some fault with the product. I'm happy to report that the product has been improved and my second experience was much more favorable.

For those who didn't read the first review, a quick recap. There are still ten instructional lessons on this CD-ROM. They are:

• Lesson One: Threat Introduction
• Lesson two: Characteristics of Explosive Devices
• Lesson Three: Bomb Security Planning
• Lesson Four: Defense Against Courier-Delivered Bombs
• Lesson Five: Bomb Search and threat Response
• Lesson Six: Defense Against Mail Bombs
• Lesson Seven: Defense Against Anti-Vehicle Bombs
• Lesson Eight: Defense Against WMD-Scale Bombs
• Lesson Nine: Blast Mitigation Design
• Lesson Ten: Post-Blast Response Procedures

These lessons allow the CD-ROM to be used as an instructional tool for trainers or security managers. Users can set their own pace as they move through each slide. With a consistent slide and navigational button format, users can go forward and back and explore the various lessons effortlessly.

There is a lot that I like about this product and very little that I dislike. As a trainer, I like the instructor's Tools section containing Powerpoint-type slides that can be used in classroom presentations. In addition, this section also has lesson plans for each of the ten segments.

I also like the quality of the photographs used. According to the author, over 1,000 photographs were used in developing this product. I also like the use of charts, graphs, and other visuals.

This product has many practical applications for security professionals. For instance, when showing graphics such as Bomb Threat Cards, Mail Bomb Recognition Clues, or Vehicle Inspection Checklists, a "print" button is nearby, allowing ease for printing.

I also like the exercises interspersed throughout such as the Mail Bomb test that allows users to decide whether a piece of mail should be forwarded or stopped for further examination. Another "fun" exercise puts the user in the place of a bomber attempting to detonate a roadside bomb to kill targets traveling in vehicles at different speeds. The exercise demonstrates that an increase in vehicle speed makes the accuracy of a roadside bomb detonation much more difficult.

I also like that this CD-ROM can also be used as a reference source on bombs, bombings, and bomb countermeasures. On the main page, the "Reference" button provides info on ATBlast, Equipment Manufacturers, Evacuation Tables, Explosive Detection Systems, Printable References, and a database of of info on terrorist bombers called Threat Groups 2001. Also, blue buttons send the user directly to sources of info on the Internet, another nice touch.

My only criticism is that I'd still like to see more multimedia content and less required reading. However, all in all, Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals Version 2.0 is a fine product. I know of no other product that provides so much information on bombs and bombings in one place. Visit http://www.bombsecurity.com for pricing and order info or see pages 32 & 33 of this issue of JCSI.

 

 

 

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