Office of Infrastructure Protection Workshops, Exercises and Training

Office of Infrastructure Protection Workshops

Active Shooter

Active Shooter Workshops have taken place in several United States cities and will be held in additional locations in May and June. The scenario-based workshops feature facilitated discussions that engage private sector professionals and law enforcement representatives from Federal, State, and local agencies on preparing for and responding to an active shooter situation. Through the exercise, participants evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities for coordinated responses to active shooter incidents.

Upcoming Workshops:

If you are interested in future active shooter workshops, please contact or registration for the upcoming workshops can be completed here.

Supply Chain

To increase resilience and keep risk management efforts focused on supply chain security, DHS developed a series of supply chain security workshops sponsored by the Critical Manufacturing Sector. Each session will discuss best practices in global supply chain security, supply chain resilience through optimization, and the recently released Executive Order: Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses. This no-cost workshop is ideal for supply chain professionals or those interested in providing input to DHS on improving the supply chain management process through enhanced trade facilitation. Registration for the upcoming workshops (below) can be completed here.

Upcoming Workshops:

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Dam Security and Protection

Upcoming Seminar: Dams Security and Protection Technical Seminar, May 21-22, Denver, CO

The Dams Sector-Specific Agency is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the next Dam Security and Protection Technical Seminar scheduled for May 21–22, 2014 at the Denver Federal Center in Denver, CO. This seminar will discuss basic concepts related to threat, vulnerability, and consequence as key risk variables. It will address relevant attack vectors, common physical vulnerabilities, and related protective measures, including both land and waterside considerations. It will also discuss security and crisis management programs, including the development of security plans and incident response plans, such as basic cybersecurity and information assurance elements. You are encouraged to register early, as there is only room for 35 participants. For more information, please contact the Dams Sector Specific Agency at

Additional workshops listed under Office of Bombing Prevention listed at the bottom of the Bulletin.


The IP/SOPD Stakeholder Readiness and Exercise Section (SRES) works with critical infrastructure stakeholders to plan, develop, and facilitate a wide range of exercises to test plans and procedures, identify gaps, and recognize lessons learned and best practices. Working with these partners, SRES develops scenarios and exercise plans that directly address the most salient threats to their communities, enhancing their ability to respond to and recover from all-hazard events. For more information about the exercise program or to request an exercise, please email


The DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection offers a wide array of training programs and resources, at no cost, to government and private sector partners. The Web-based classroom courses and associated training materials provide Government officials and critical infrastructure owners and operators with the knowledge and skills needed to implement critical infrastructure security and resilience activities. For further information, email

Course Spotlight:  IS-906 – Workplace Security Awareness This course promotes workplace security practices applicable across all 16 critical infrastructure sectors and uses multimedia scenarios and modules to illustrate potential security threats. Threat scenarios include: Access & Security Control, Criminal & Suspicious Activities, Workplace Violence, and Cyber Threats. The comprehensive cross-sector training is appropriate for a broad audience regardless of knowledge and skill level.

Chemical Sector Training Resources and Tools

The Chemical Sector offers several tools and resources for critical infrastructure owners and operators. Resources, available upon request, include the Chemical Sector Security Awareness Guide, Chemical Facility Security: Best Practices Guide, Tabletop Exercise for an Active Shooter Incident, and Infrastructure Protection Sector-Specific Tabletop Exercise Program (IP-SSTEP) Chemical Sector Tabletop Exercise (TTX) materials. For more information, contact

Office for Bombing Prevention Courses

The Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) develops and delivers training designed to build nationwide counter-improvised explosive device (IED) core capabilities and to enhance awareness of terrorist threats to critical infrastructure. OBP offers this counter-improvised explosive device (IED) & awareness training to Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector entities. Coordinated through State homeland security officials and training offices, the courses educate participants on strategies for detecting and mitigating threats.

  • Registered TRIPwire users – Registered TRIPwire users can log in and check the event calendar for training availability and registration point of contacts in their area. Access to TRIPwire can be obtained via
  • Non-TRIPwire users – To check availability of training or to register for courses in your area, please email requests to or contact your local DHS protective security advisor (PSA).
  • Bomb-making Materials Awareness Program (BMAP) training is an outreach initiative that was developed in partnership with the FBI and that promotes private sector point-of-sale awareness and suspicious activity reporting. This training increases public and private sector awareness of homemade explosives (HME) and prevents the misuse of explosive precursor chemicals, powders, and components commonly used in IEDs. BMAP training is designed for first responders responsible for counterterrorism outreach to build knowledge of IED threats, HMEs, and bomb-making materials. The course also provides guidance and materials to help participants conduct outreach to industries and businesses within their jurisdiction to strengthen prevention opportunities through a network of vigilant and informed private sector partners serving as the Nation’s counter-IED “eyes-and-ears.” Unless participants wish to become a facilitator of the BMAP materials, a different counter-IED training course may be more appropriate. The NEW 8-hour BMAP event can accommodate 25 participants.
  • The Bomb Threat Management workshop improves the ability of State and local emergency response planners and critical infrastructure owners, operators, and security personnel tasked with training and bomb threat management to manage IED threats by highlighting specific safety precautions associated with explosive incidents and bomb threats. This workshop reinforces an integrated approach that combines training, planning, and risk management to maximize available resources for bomb threat management. This 4-hour course can accommodate 50 participants.
  • The IED Counterterrorism workshop enhances participants’ understanding of the IED threat, surveillance detection methods, and soft target awareness. It also covers awareness and prevention measures and collaborative information-sharing resources to enable State and local first responders and critical infrastructure owners, operators, and security staff to deter, prevent, detect, and protect against the illicit and terrorist use of explosives. This 8-hour workshop can accommodate 250 participants.
  • The IED Search Procedures workshop builds awareness of IED threats, prevention measures, and planning protocols to detect IEDs by reviewing specific search techniques. This workshop increases knowledge of counter-IED principles and techniques among first responders and critical infrastructure owners, operators, and security staff tasked with IED search and response protocols. This 8-hour course can accommodate 40 participants.
  • The Protective Measures course builds awareness and understanding of the IED threat, terrorist planning cycle, and indicators of suspicious activity. Participants, including critical infrastructure staff tasked with increasing the security posture of a facility or event, learn about facility vulnerability analysis, counter-IED protective measures, and strategies to mitigate risk and reduce vulnerabilities within their unique sectors. This 2-day course can accommodate 40 participants.
  • The Surveillance Detection course provides law enforcement and security professionals instructs on how to detect hostile surveillance by exploring surveillance techniques, tactics, and procedures from a hostile perspective. These skills enhance counter-IED capabilities of law enforcement and security professionals to detect, prevent, protect against, and respond to IED threats. This 3-day course can accommodate 25 participants.
  • The Vehicle Borne IED (VBIED) Detection course improves participants’ ability to successfully identify and inspect a VBIED. Instruction covers the VBIED threat, explosive effects, IEDs, and vehicle inspections, enabling participants to detect, deter, and protect against the illicit use of explosives. This course is designed for first responders and public/private sector security staff tasked with inspecting vehicles for explosives, dangerous goods, or contraband. This 8-hour course can accommodate 20 participants.
  • The Multi-Jurisdiction Improvised Explosive Device Security Planning program is a systematic process that fuses counter-IED capability analysis, training, and planning to enhance urban area IED prevention, protection, mitigation, and response capabilities. The MJIEDSP assists with collectively identifying roles, responsibilities, and capability gaps and with optimizing limited resources within a multi-jurisdictional planning area. OBP works closely with communities to provide expertise on planning and operational requirements for IED incident preparedness in alignment with the National Preparedness Goal and its core capabilities. The three different types of MJIEDSP workshops are:
  • Multi-Jurisdiction Improvised Explosive Device Security Planning First Responders Workshop. It assists the first responder community, including the private sector, in understanding and identifying the unique operational aspects of responding to IED incidents. This is an 8-hour workshop.
  • Multi-Jurisdiction Improvised Explosive Device Security Planning Bomb Squad-Special Weapons & Tactic Teams (SWAT) Interoperability Workshop. It focuses on tactical coordination of bomb squad and SWAT teams in responding to IED incidents involving active shooters. This is an 8-hour workshop.
  • Multi-Jurisdiction Improvised Explosive Device Security Planning Executive Level Workshop. It provides high-level decision makers with a greater understanding of the unique challenges associated with responding to large-scale IED incidents. This is a 3-hour workshop.

Technical Resource for Incident Prevention (TRIPwire)

  • TRIPwire (Technical Resource for Incident Prevention) is the Department of Homeland Security‘s 24/7 online, collaborative information-sharing network for bomb technicians, first responders, military personnel, Government officials, intelligence analysts, and select private sector security professionals. It increases awareness of evolving terrorist IED tactics, techniques, and procedures and provides information about incident lessons learned and counter-IED preparedness. Developed and maintained by OBP, the system combines expert analyses and reports with relevant documents, images, and videos gathered directly from terrorist sources to help users anticipate, identify, and prevent IED incidents. TRIPwire is available at no cost to prospective subscribers at
  • TRIPwire Community Gateway (TWCG) Portal: Designed for the Nation’s critical infrastructure owners, operators, and security personnel, TWCG provides expert threat analyses, reports, and relevant planning documents to help key private sector partners anticipate, identify, and prevent IED incidents. TWCG includes IED-related information tailored to each of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, as well as certain educational institutions. For access, contact
  • TRIPwire workshops provide snapshots of current improvised explosive device (IED) trends, reviews of first responder scenarios related to homemade explosives (HMEs), discussions on the role of the private sector in IED awareness, and overviews of the TRIPwire system. After this briefing, participants will receive invitations to register for an account on TRIPwire, DHS’s free information-sharing and collaboration portal for the bombing prevention community. This one-stop resource contains expert-validated analysis of IEDs, relevant news, reports, training materials, and threat alerts. This 3-hour course can be presented at either a morning or afternoon session and can accommodate 100 participants.

Other OBP counter-IED resources include:

  • The DHS Bomb Threat Procedures Checklist is a quick reference tool to help public and private sector partners respond to a bomb threat. It provides basic procedural guidelines and a checklist to document important information if a bomb threat is received over the phone.
  • The DHS-DOJ Bomb Threat Guidance Brochure helps site decision makers of commercial facilities respond to a bomb threat in cooperation with first responders and other stakeholders to ensure that actions are conducted in a systematic and orderly manner. It includes pre-threat planning guidance, including information on developing an emergency toolkit, and provides procedural guidelines and instructions for conducting a threat assessment.
  • The OBP Protective Measures Guidance assists public and private sector security partners in establishing secure environments with IED threat preparation and planning to bolster security postures and IED incident mitigation. Its information includes pre-event and incident response planning, measures for reducing vulnerabilities, suspicious behavior awareness, and reporting protocols to address various IED threat scenarios, such as mass gatherings and homicide/suicide bombers.
  • The DHS-Department of Justice Bomb Threat Stand-off Card provides a standardized, national explosive threat categorization and response guidelines with stand-off distances that can be applied to public safety bomb squads and law enforcement.
  • The Bomb Makers Material Awareness video markets BMAP to the first responders, military personnel, and security professionals responsible for their organizations’ counterterrorism outreach. It also n informs supervisors and managers of the benefit of supporting a local BMAP program. This video is part of a redesign of the BMAP outreach efforts that targets the program’s most probable and potentially effective facilitators.
  • The DHS Vehicle Inspection Guide serves as a reference to private and public sector partners to mitigate risk from vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs). It strengthens the protection of critical infrastructure by providing a step-by-step explanation of how to conduct a vehicle inspection systematically, efficiently, and safely.
  • The DHS Vehicle Inspection video demonstrates to how to mitigate risk from vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) and to strengthen the protection of critical infrastructure. It provides a step-by-step explanation of how to conduct a vehicle inspection systematically, efficiently, and safely.
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