The Executive Forum for Countering Improvised Explosive Devices was provided to 17 Algerian and Tunisian officials, 23-28 April 2017 at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. START assisted the Antiterrorism Assistance Office with facilitating a customized training program that raised awareness on: terrorism trends; improvised explosive devices worldwide; bomb squad commander’s roles and responsibilities; encountering improvised explosive devices; hotel security concerns and initiatives; improvised explosive device awareness and recognition; post blast investigations; Algeria and Tunisia bomb squad capabilities and posture; Fairfax County police bomb squad capabilities and posture; and the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center. Participants were able to leave the week-long forum with a better understanding of the topics discussed, and a greater ability to apply the knowledge and skills obtained during the forum to their respective countries.
START utilized a multi-stage process to develop and deliver the forum. The Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) Office managed the requirements definition phase. START then assisted the ATA in content and subject matter expert selection. After a balanced and complimentary line-up of experts and forum agenda were finalized, the forum delivery phase took place at the University. This was followed by the final phase, the after action report of forum experience, in which START provided an After Action Report containing analysis of the forum delivery, learning outcomes assessment, satisfaction survey results, and recommendations for future trainings.