This course does not contain the final exam. Students must register for the exam (GS109.06) separately in STEPP and will receive credit for the course upon receiving a passing score.

Description: This course provides students with the appropriate background, skills, and abilities to qualify as an Antiterrorism Officer (ATO) and conduct Level 1 Antiterrorism (AT) briefings, based on component’s approval.  It details the duties and responsibilities of ATOs at DoD facilities or installations around the world; discusses AT awareness, terrorist group operations, hostage-taking and survival, terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction, active shooter threat, and insider threat; and explores the AT plan by examining physical security considerations, the antiterrorism planning process, and resource management.  As part of the course, the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and the attack on the USS Cole will be studied.  Finally, students will participate in an interactive practice exercise that allows them to apply the gained knowledge.

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Learning Outcomes:This course is designed to help students demonstrate their comprehension of the responsibilities and duties of ATOs, as well as the layout of AT Programs within DoD facilities or installations.

Delivery: eLearning

Length: 13 hours (all modules combined in the course registration)

Target Audience: This course is designed for DoD civilian and military employees, and contractors with AT program manager responsibilities of DoD and field activities, who otherwise cannot attend a service-sponsored course (or required to take based on duty assignment or deployment).  Other Federal Government employees can take the course, but their agencies’ policies about this subject matter may differ from material.

Number of Student per Course: N/A


  • Clearance Requirement: There is no clearance requirement, but students must have a .gov or .mil email address listed in their STEPP profile to be approved for this course.  Industry members should use the “Registration help” link in the “Quick link” box to obtain approval.
  • Attendance Requirement: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: Students must earn a passing score of 75% on the final exam (GS109.06) to print a certificate of successful completion.

Prerequisites: N/A

Credits Recommended/Earned

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?) 3 upper level college credits
  • Continuing Education Units per IACET: 1
  • Professional Development Units per SPeD: 39

Additional System Requirements: Internet Explorer 6.0, Flash Player 8, Internet bandwidth connection (DSL or better), Display 1024 x 768, Audio (16-bit sound card), Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.

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CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.