AntiTerrorism Defending Against Terrorism

Terrorism has now reached the point that it has entered into every aspect of daily life. All over the world terrorist activities threaten the safety of civilians and military personnel alike. Regardless of who commits these terrorist actions, whether jihadists or other types of violent extremists, the need for qualified individuals to combat and prevent them is increasing. Anti-terrorism officers are an example of qualified individuals who help protect national security. Anti-terrorism officers (ATOs) are highly trained individuals that primarily hold policy advisory and planning positions in areas where terrorism is a critical threat. Unlike many operational counterterrorism roles, anti-terrorism officers must have a level of education and experience that goes beyond military field training.

An advanced education can open the door to many rewarding career opportunities, and provide a specialized and responsible alternative to conventional high security jobs. Anti-Terrorism Skills An anti-terrorism officer must develop a deep understanding of threats to homeland security from non-state actors, and is responsible for advising senior leadership how to appropriately and effectively deal with all terrorism-related issues. For example, anti-terrorism personnel formulate and help implement far-reaching strategies to secure critical infrastructure like military bases, embassies and air/seaports to name a few. Anti-terrorism training involves the broad study of international and local threats to national security posed by terrorism.

Those charged with providing senior decision makers with the intelligence they need to implement appropriate security measures must understand how to offset and effectively manage emerging threats before they become a reality. Anti-Terrorism Education and Anti-Terrorism Training Anti-terrorism officers need to have the knowledge used in every arena of the strategic security industry. Anti-terrorism officers will use knowledge of explosives, weapons of mass destruction, political and religious extremism, underground economies and terrorist techniques to combat terrorist threats and operations. A proper education gives those in the field of anti-terrorism the ability to develop a comprehensive picture of the global strategic security environment.

Anti-terrorism training focuses on pro-active strategies like planning, prevention and resolution. Playing a preventive and defensive (deterrent) role toward specific targets, an anti-terrorism officer helps reduce the vulnerability of possible terrorist targets and tactics. Terrorist tactics are purposefully evasive; consequently, early warning and prevention lies in the ability to successfully detect potential indicators. With many countries introducing anti-terrorism legislation (ex: USA's Patriot Act), the focus on specialty training has never been stronger. As global terrorist activity continues to increase, advanced anti-terrorism education and training can be your ticket to some of the most challenging and meaningful national security job opportunities related to anti-terrorism.

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