The Program on Terrorism and Security Studies 16-06 starts today. Check the Marshall Center Photo Gallery for daily #PTSS16_6 photos. (Marshall Center graphic by Aryn Lockhart/RELEASED)

Dates: Feb. 24 to March 22

Language: English Only

Objective of course: Held twice a year, PTSS is a functionally focused program that draws in civilian, law enforcement, and military counterterrorism professionals from around the world and improves their capacity to counter terrorism's regional and transnational implications. It aims to combat terrorism in all of its manifestations: nationally, regionally and globally.

Course Director:  U.S. Marine Corps Col. (Ret.) James Howcroft

Scheduled Guest Speakers: Ambassador David M. Satterfield, director general of the Multinational Force and Observers; Under Secretary Emmanuel Bautista, executive director of the Cabinet Cluster on Security, Justice and Peace; and, Brig. Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli, commander of the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, who will be graduation speaker.

Class Composition/demographics: 76 participants from 46 countries; 47 are from the military in ranks 01, and 03 to 07; 19 are civilians; 62 males; 2 females; and 11 alumni. Combatant Commands represented: 13 from U.S. Africa Command; 15 from U.S. Central Command; 8 from U.S. European Command; 12 from U.S. Northern Command; 10 from U.S. Pacific Command; and, 8 from U.S. Southern Command. Organizations: 36 from Ministry of Defense; 6 from Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 3 from Ministry of Interior/Internal Security; 3 from academics, 2 from legislative branch; and, 2 from police. 

Origins: After the 9/11 (Sept.11, 2001 attacks on the United States), U.S. Marine Corps Col. (Ret.) Nichols “Nick” Pratt conceived of, created and implemented the Marshall Center's Program on Terrorism and Security Studies. PTSS has more than 1,500 alumni from more than 120 countries. The first PTSS course was in 2004, and so far, the Marshall Center has held 23 PTSS programs.

Last Time Held: July 9 to Aug. 6, 2015

Next Time Held:  July 7 to Aug. 4, 2016. Nomination deadline: May 12, 2016.

Follow this event on Marshall Center Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag:  #PTSS16_6

Photos from #PTSS16_6 can be found online at the Marshall Center Photo Gallery.