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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will demonstrate their comprehension of the responsibilities and duties of an ATO.
  • Students will identify the terrorist threat and demonstrate fundamental knowledge of measures to reduce personal vulnerability to terrorism.
  • Students will demonstrate their comprehension of developing AT Programs within DoD facilities or installations.
  • Students will analyze case studies surrounding the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia and the attack on the USS Cole.
  • Students will apply the knowledge obtained in the course by completing an interactive practice exercise.

Delivery Method: 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.


  • General Requirements: N/A
  • Clearance Requirements: 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.
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: Students must pass the exam with a score of 75% or greater to receive a certificate of completion.

Prerequisites: N/A

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?) 3 upper level college credits
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: 39

System Requirements: Check if your system is configured appropriately to use STEPP.

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