SOF/SWAT EOD Support – High Threat Environment
The focus of this course is to train EOD technicians to directly support SOF/SWAT forces by providing them with immediate EOD capabilities on target. SOF/SWAT commanders and team elements will be invited to attend/observe classroom training as well as participate in the practical exercises during the course. The participation of SOF/SWAT forces builds a close working relationship between SOF/SWAT and EOD forces. The participation of the SOF/SWAT leadership empowers the SOF/SWAT Commanders by providing them with a better understanding of EOD capabilities for use during missions.
The EOD SOF/SWAT Support training course is typically only taught to students that have attended the Basic and Advanced IED-D training courses. Only students that meet SOF/SWAT physical fitness requirements should attend this training.
Operational Planning for Small Unit Leadership in an IED Environment
This one-day course will teach small unit leaders considerations to include while planning for operating in an IED environment when given a tactical scenario, operations order, and current threat brief. This course is continually updated to reflect the evolving threat, friendly TTPs, and unit training requirements. Material is relevant to all personnel who will be planning operations in a hazardous IED operating environment.
This course will teach personnel the skills necessary to assemble, operate, and troubleshoot Robotic Kit as well as function as an operator / spotter team, in order to investigate and assist with standoff visual identification of IEDs. During this course, the student will learn to: conduct pre-operational checks and procedures; determine the robot’s best avenue of approach to a suspected IED in an operating environment consisting of different types of terrain, man-made and natural obstacles; operate a robot in different environments and conditions; and perform immediate /remedial actions in order to restore a robot to operable condition.
Metal Detector Operators Course
This two-day course will teach personnel the skills necessary to operate metal detectors in an IED environment. Materials are relevant to all personnel who will be operating metal detectors in an explosive hazards environment. Topics include: metal detectors’ functions; the difference between mine detectors and metal detectors; the capabilities and limitations of metal detectors; demonstration of the assembly, disassembly and operational procedures of the metal detector and proper sweep techniques.
SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) – Counter Terrorism
This course will teach students the skills necessary to enable students to operate as a cohesive dynamic force capable of utilizing military-style light weapons and specialized tactics. These operational practices will in aid in high-risk operations that fall outside of the capabilities of regular, uniformed police. Topics include:
- Fundamentals of hostage rescue
- Assessing and planning for high risk operations
- Overt and Covert Target approaches
- Fundamentals of dynamic entry
- Fundamentals of Close Quarter Combat (CQB) maneuvers
The VIP protection training program emphasizes analytical thinking and decision-making optimization under stress in a diverse risk situation. The training does not restrict itself to just the physical aspects of protection, but extends itself to the ability to analyze an emergency situation and the delivery of the most effective response. It is relevant to all personnel who will be operating as a member of a VIP team. The course covers: fundamentals of a protection team; basic understanding of the collection and evaluation of intelligence as it relates to the principal and the threat assessment; and an understanding of how to scan the surroundings for threats in order to respond to them appropriately.
Basic Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Interviewing and Debriefing Techniques
The training curriculum will provides the fundamental skills to determine baseline personality and emotional characteristics, identify and develop strategies for gaining cooperation, and fully extract the desired or critical information from a resistant or unwilling source. The course addresses the Human Intelligence cycle and provides techniques to systematically interrogate topics of intelligence value using proven methodology. Students will also be instructed on debriefing techniques for willing sources. Students will be exposed to the applications of theme development, psychological motivations, verbal and nonverbal indicators of deception, and meeting mechanics for conducting the session. This training is focused towards LE and Military personnel with little to no intermediate training in questioning techniques.
Advanced Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Interrogation Techniques
This course provides the advanced skills necessary to conduct interrogations. Students will be exposed to advanced and alternative questioning techniques. The class will examine case studies regarding the principles of human influence and advanced techniques for detecting deception. The course will also familiarize the student with tools such as forensic statement analysis, analytical applications, cognitive interviewing techniques, and principles of human influence. This training is focused towards LE and Military personnel with basic to intermediate training in questioning techniques and will build upon the Basic HUMINT Interviewing and Debriefing Techniques Course. Topics include: human behavioral analysis; structured analytic techniques; advanced questioning techniques; detecting deception; and interrogations operations management.
Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collection Operations
This course provides the basic and intermediate understanding and tools necessary to conduct information or intelligence collection operations utilizing human sources. The student will learn how to identify information and support requirements and build a source profile to fulfill that operational need. Students will examine techniques for selecting and considering sites, various types of sources, security measures, meeting mechanics, and associated reporting for building effective dossiers and maintaining records. This course is focused towards LE and Military personnel with an entry-level or basic understanding of collection operations using human sources (i.e., LE Narcotics and Investigative personnel, military personnel assigned to human intelligence elements). Topics include:
- Building a Source Profile
- Meeting Site Selection and Reconnaissance
- Types of Source Operations and Validation
- Meeting Mechanics
- Source Dossier, Operations Reporting
Operational Intelligence Analysis
The Operational Intelligence Analysis curriculum will introduce students to analysis applications to enhance operational effectiveness and produce predictive analysis products. Students will learn how to assess various sources of intelligence for value and relevance, generate logical hypotheses, and apply numerous analytic techniques. In addition, material on the application of analytical products to operations, the establishment of patterns of life and activity for targets, and integration of collection platforms for asset validation and cross-cueing are covered. This course is focused towards LE and Military personnel conducting targeted combat or investigative operations. Topics include: the intelligence cycle; diagnostic techniques; generating hypotheses; analytic techniques and analytical products.
In order to identify a sophisticated adversary as early as possible, one must fully appreciate and understand how the adversary behaves, collects information and operates. Once the field soldier understands how the adversary collects information and has actually conducted surveillance as part of this program, they are far better equipped to identify hostile activities during surveillance in the field. It is with this in mind that soldiers are taught surveillance and are sent on surveillance assignments during the program where they need to conduct covert surveillance under pressure, armed with the adversary techniques in order to counter their operations. Surveillance is conducted on both static objects such as buildings, as well as a primary focus on people allowing the soldiers to not only learn surveillance skills, but more pertinent to this program, know how It feels to conduct surveillance and know how it feels to make subtle mistakes; the same mistakes they need to identify in the filed once deployed. Throughout the program, the focus is on the human factor and recognition of correlation.
Advanced Pistol Marksmanship
Advanced pistol marksmanship training is designed to enhance the common soldier or SOF Operator’s utilization of the pistol during CQB operations or general combat. This training focuses on speed, accuracy and engaging multiple targets as rapidly as possible. Targeted to Private to Sergeant to Jr. Officers, the course is relevant to all personnel who will be utilizing pistols as a primary or secondary weapon.
Close Quarter Battle (CQB)
Designed to teach students the proper planning, approach, breaching and actions on an objective during CQB operations. This course is designed for the expedient rescue of hostages in a high risk environment. Students will also be briefed on the proper handling and engagement of a suicide bomber. Relevant to Private to Sergeant to Jr. Officers, but also to all personnel who will be operating as a member of a SOF/Hostage Rescue team.