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The Terror-Crime Nexus & Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats

The Terror-Crime Nexus & Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats


This course is designed to give you an understanding of the ongoing debate (and the implications of the different viewpoints) about the terror-crime nexus, especially about the extent to which it may extend to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (or CBRN) threats. It offers an introduction to the conflicting positions about the nature and scale of the collaboration between these different types of actors.

While there are significant gray areas that leave room for multiple interpretations, the course is meant to help you form your own educated opinion and participate constructively in the dialogue. This course will challenge you to consider emerging threats in the CBRN domain, providing indicators of concerning change and identifying nexus drivers and the actors more likely to collude. 

Training Objectives: 

After completing this self-paced online training, you will be able to:
• define and discuss the nature, scope, and scale of the crime-terror nexus threat;
• explain how this threat translates to CBRN risks;
• recognize the indicators of change in the nature and scope of the threat;
• understand the propensity for collaboration among terrorist and criminal entities; and
• identify the domains and regions at risk of such collaborative activities.

Intended Audience:
AnalystGeneral Public
Delivery Format: 
Asynchronous Online
Duration/Time Requirements:
5 Hours
Continuous online
Continuing Education Units: 
Registration Info: 

The course will be offered online via ELMS, UMD's e-learning management system. Upon completing registration, an ELMS Non-UMD account will be created for you and you will be added to the course space. Please allow between 5-7 business days to receive email confirmation regarding your course space access. You will have guaranteed access to the course space for 60 days, beginning at the receipt of a confirmation email granting you access to the course space. 

This course is intended to take you approximately 5 hours to complete all materials and quizzes. You can complete the course at your own pace, signing in and out of the course space at your convenience.

Certificates will be processed on the first business day of every month. All quizzes must be completed by the last business day (close of business, Eastern Standard Time) of the preceding month. Be sure to complete all quizzes before your 60 day access expires in order to ensure that you receive certification. Upon your completion of the course, START will submit notification of your completion to UMD's Office of Extended Studies (OES). OES will mail your certificate directly to you. Please allow adequate processing time to receive your certification.

Register at this link: umd-start.fasttransact.net

Contact Info: 

For more information about any of START's trainings, contact Liberty Day, START Training Manager, at 301-405-6600 or training@start.umd.edu or make an online request for more information.