S.W.A.T. Magazine, November 2001
S.W.A.T. Tech Column
Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals CD-ROM training course and reference on explosive devices
By Eugene Nielsen
The Bomb Countermeasures for Security Professionals (BCSP) CD-ROM is designed to provide users with "a detailed exploration of explosive related threats and various measures for controlling these risks." The BCSP CD-ROM is the most comprehensive bomb training program available, providing instruction in proactive and reactive tactics for managing explosive threats. As such, its an invaluable training and reference tool for all security and counterterrorism professionals. The training provided will also be invaluable to law enforcement first responders in dealing with bomb or suspected bomb incidents.
The information is presented in a series of 10 lessons, beginning with a general overview of the threat and moving on to more advanced topics, including risk assessment, post-blast response and specific countermeasures for mitigating specific bomb-related risks. Each lesson requires approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete. Users can progress at their own pace and customize the learning experience to suit their individual needs. The complete program equals approximately 16 hours of traditional, classroom instruction.
The lessons cover the history of bombing, common IED types and methods, defenses and countermeasures for various types of bombs, including courier delivered bombs, mail and parcel bombs, anti-vehicle bombs, and WMD-scale bombs. The lessons also cover evacuation and bomb search techniques, design strategies for buildings to mitigate the threat of bombs, and post-blast response techniques
Several things do need to be needs to be made clear. The BCSP isnt intended to turn out bomb technicians. Nor does it. BCSP is intended for security professionals and law enforcement officers who may encounter an explosive device in their work or may have to provide a risk assessment in dealing with an incident involving explosives. Another thing that should be made clear -- although BCSP provides an overview of the various types of explosives and IEDs, its not a "how-to" course in the building of bombs, nor is it intended to be. If it were, S.W.A.T. wouldnt be reviewing it.
The instructional quality of the BCSP CD-ROM leaves little to be desired. The content is excellent as is the presentation and layout of the material. Its what every computer-based training program should be. The CD-ROM employs an integrated multi-media approach to reinforce the instructional text. The instructional program is supported by over 1,000 photographs, charts, and illustrations, as well as digital video and audio. By using this approach, all of the instructional points are communicated in a clear, easy-to-retain manner.
The CD-ROM also include several extended resources that are designed to assist security professionals in developing effective bomb countermeasures programs. The references and resource aids include examples of bomb threat cards, posters and bomb-related government publications. It also includes a software program, ATBlast, which was developed by Applied Research to assist in evaluating blast vulnerability. CD-ROM users can also access a wide array of additional resources through the bomb countermeasures support site at www.bombsecurity.com.
The BCSP program is simple to use, with point and click navigation. One simply clicks the appropriate button on the screen. All navigation of the BCSP program begins at the Main Menu. From there, all major sections of the program may be accessed..
Price of the BCSP CD-ROM is $299.00 per units. Special pricing is available to DoD customers. Short demo extracts of the BCSP program are available for download at the Bomb Security website. A free demo CD-ROM is also available.