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Counter-Suicide Bomber Operations & Planning

At the Strategic, Operational & Tactical Levels

Date: June 18-19.2018
Venue: Canadian Police College (CPC), Ottawa (ON) Canada

To enable specialist counter-terrorism operators & commanders, as well as planners, policy and decision-makers from the government, military and law enforcement communities to understand and employ the gamut of overt and covert capabilities and options required to defeat suicide bombers in permissive and hostile environments, across the strategic, operational and tactical threat spectrum.


Designed specifically with public sector security professionals in mind, the MKDS Training Counter-Suicide Operations and Planning course is a fully immersive training experience that introduces delegates to a number of real-World scenarios in the form of multi-media case studies and highly interactive instruction in tactics, techniques and procedures necessary to assist operators/planners in the defeat of suicide bombers in both permissive and hostile environments. It is also the only national training Programme in Canada available to public and private sector security professionals that adequately identifies and addresses the full-spectrum of threats, responses and counter-measures required to defeat this deadly and determined method of terrorist attack. 

  • Brief Course Outline

    • The Terrorist Attack Planning Cycle
    • Terrorist Attack Methodology
    • Hostile Reconnaissance
    • Structure of Terrorist Cells
    • Introduction to the Psychology of Suicide Terrorism
    • Suicide IED Blast Effects on Strcutures and People
    • Global Terrorist TTPs: VBIED, PBIED
    • Global Terrorist TTPs: Suicide ttacks against Transport and Critical Infrastructure
    • Contingency planning for responding to suicide bomber incidents
    • Evacuation and In-vacuation: the advantages and disadvantages
    • Behavioral Pattern Recognition and Pre-attack indicators
    • Counter-Suicide Bomber Command and Control – issues and constraints
    • Entry - using the Bomb tech as the lead of the team
    • The use of subterfuge in dynamic interdiction operations
    • Counter Suicide Bomber operations in buildings (incl schools, hotels and public venues)
    • Counter Suicide Bomber operations on buses, cars and on foot
    • Stealthy device neutralization-Introduction to Clandestine Counter-Suicide Bomber Ops
  • Case Studies

    • June 3rd 2017 London Bridge Attacks
    • May 22nd 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing
    • March 22nd 2016 Brussels Airport and Metro PBIED Attacks
    • November 2015 Paris Attacks
  • Background

    Terrorism is certain to remain one of the primary national security challenges for Western governments over the next decade and beyond. Despite the degradation of Al-Qaeda and the collapse of so-called Islamic State (IS) territory in Syria and Iraq, both groups are likely to continue to pose a threat to local, regional, and global interests and neither will be eliminated any time soon. As they lose territorial control many are expected to revert back to terrorist insurgency in the Middle East. More worryingly, an increasing number of experienced foreign fighters are returning from warzones such as Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen and have vowed to draw upon their skills and experience to plan and execute attacks against Western countries – including suicide attacks…

    Is a former British special forces bomb technician and weapons intelligence specialist. During his 17 years in the British Army he served in a variety of operational counter-IED appointments and saw active service in a number of high threat theatres including Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia and Northern Ireland.

    During much of his career he specialized in overt and covert ‘Counter Suicide Bomber' operations in support of Police Tactical Firearms Units, close protection teams and specialist military Counter-Terrorism units. He also deployed on a number of anti-terrorist arrest operations in the UK and was the architect of the UK’s EOD response to a suicide bomb attack on the UK mainland. Later, he played an instrumental role during the July 2005 London bombings when he was seconded to the British Government’s COBR-A as a suicide terrorism subject matter expert. He was awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal in 2005.

    His service culminated in a posting to the Defence Intelligence Staff as the MOD’s senior Worldwide IED Activity intelligence analyst between 2005 and 2007, during which time he travelled extensively around the World, liaising with other countries and assisting them in the investigation and analysis of terrorist tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs). During this time he conducted extensive research and analysis of terrorist TTPs, as well as writing numerous reports and papers on terrorist use of IEDs. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Explosives Engineers, a former chairman of its technical committee. He was also a special advisor to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee on Counter-Terrorism and is a regular SME contributor to global television and radio broadcasting networks on Defence, Security and Terrorism including BBC, CNN, Sky, ITN, ABC and NBC.


"Very Professional, the instruction was very accurate with vital information. Excellent Course."

J.L.: Canadian Forces CBRN Academy

"Excellent course, well conducted by a very experienced trainer. To be recommended to all people that have to deal with CIED exploitation issues"

LtCol. E.P.: JFC Brunssum - NATO

"This course is an exceptional overview of WIT Team capabilities and requirements. It is a perfect course for anyone involved in the IED fight".

Major J.T. Palmer: US Army Europe

"Training was excellent. Thorough and current to today's threats. I would recommend it to the members of my unit"

Sgt. L.W.: 2 CER - Canadian Forces

"I found this course to be very informative and a great tool and information that can be utilized in the Field"

S.R.: Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)