PTSS 18-05 Poster

The Program on Terrorism and Security Studies will be held Feb. 14 to March 15 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. (Marshall Center graphic by Stan Jones)

Dates: Feb. 14 to March 15, 2018

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:
  U.S. Marine Corps Col. (Ret.) James Howcroft
Deputy Director: U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas Welsh

Origins: After 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 27 PTSS programs.

Last Time Held: July 6 to Aug. 3, 2017

Next PTSS: June 27 to July 26, 2018

Class Composition/demographics: (Registered as of Feb. 14) 68 participants from 45 countries; 41 are from the military in ranks cadet to flag officer; 27 are civilians; 63 males and 5 females. Combatant Commands represented: 23 from U.S. Africa Command; 11 from U.S. Central Command; 16 from U.S. European Command; one from U.S. Northern Command; six from U.S. Pacific Command; six from U.S. Southern Command; and five from the United States.

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


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