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The Program on Terrorism and Security Studies will be held July 6 to Aug. 3 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. (Marshall Center graphic by VID)

Dates: July 6 to Aug. 3

Language: English Only

Course Description: 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 Objectives: provide advanced professional education to those charged with understanding and reducing the scope and capability of terrorism threats

  • Understand the Threat - Understand motivations and capabilities of terrorist groups
  • Build Capacity - Understand how to use available tools as part of a national CT strategy
  • Enable Transnational Cooperation - Build “intellectual interoperability” in the CT network

Program Director:
  Professor James Howcroft

Scheduled Guest Speakers: Ambassador David M. Satterfield, director general of the Multinational Force and Observers (Opening Speaker

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 1,800 alumni from more than 126 countries. The first PTSS course was in 2004, and so far, the Marshall Center has held 26 PTSS programs.

Last Time Held: March 2 to March 30

Next PTSS: Feb. 14 to March 5, 2018

Class Composition/demographics: (Registered as of July 6) 81 participants from 57 countries; 51 are from the military in ranks cadet to major general; 30 are civilians; 76 males; 5 females; and 8 alumni. Combatant Commands represented: 16 from U.S. Africa Command; 17 from U.S. Central Command; 20 from U.S. European Command; 11 from U.S. Northern Command; 11 from U.S. Pacific Command; and, 6 from U.S. Southern Command. Organizations: 40 from Ministry of Defense; 8 from Ministry of Foreign Affairs; 10 from Ministry of Interior/Internal Security; 1 from legislative branch; and, 6 from police. 

Photos from this workshop can be found on the Marshall Center Photo Gallery.


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