Counterterrorism Practitioner Education


The Combating Terrorism Center is the largest provider of counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE) education to federal, state, and local government in the United States. From assisting FDNY leadership with an 11 week graduate seminar, to educating every new special agent at the FBI, to providing seminars to the Intelligence Community; the Combating Terrorism Center remains committed to an educational model that promotes interagency, multijurisdictional educational events. Since defeating terrorist threats depends on a unity of effort, it is imperative that our programs not only provide relevant information but also strengthen professional networks and collaboration between multiple stakeholders.

Partner Institutions

FBI-CTC Collaboration

Since 2006, the CTC and FBI have partnered on this flagship educational program. We educate every new Special Agent at the FBI Academy and provide week-long educational programs at ten Field Offices across the country each year.  In these regional venues and others, the CTC brings its rigorous counterterrorism curriculum to multidisciplinary audiences that include operational and analytical representatives from the Joint Terrorism Task Forces and Field Intelligence Groups to cyber teams, linguists and local law enforcement.  Further, the CTC serves as a resource beyond the classroom, offering an open channel for ongoing education and a reach-back capability to help the Bureau advance its active investigations.

FDNY Counterterrorism Leadership Program

In the aftermath of 9/11, the Fire Department of New York City reached out to the Combating Terrorism Center  to create an educational program that would help them rebuild capacity and inform their strategic level decision-making.  The result was the Center’s first practitioner education program, an eleven- week, graduate course,  which remains the only one of its kind in the nation. This tremendously influential program and our longstanding relationship with the FDNY continues to inform and shape our educational outreach efforts.

10 City Initiative

Understanding the essential role played by state and local homeland security practitioners in concert with federal agencies, the Combating Terrorism Center has designed an inter-agency, multi-jurisdictional educational program that addresses the need to educate the leaders as well as the broader workforce among key cities. Begun in Chicago where 800 plus law enforcement officers were trained, this program ultimately seeks to expand to twenty cities across the nation.  Presently, this program is supported through a grant provided by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Department of Justice Education

The Combating Terrorism Center provides tailored terrorism and counterterrorism education to United States Attorneys and to state and local audiences through the DOJ’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council.  The CTC has conducted events in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.  These events are conducted in an interagency environment intended to strengthen collaboration across the spectrum of counterterrorism communities domestically.

Department of Homeland Security Education

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate (HSI) is the second largest federal investigative agency. Created in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 the Visa Security Program coordinated by the HSI Office of International Affairs places HSI Special Agents at US Embassy’s to work collaboratively with Department of State Consular Officers to secure the visa process. The Combating Terrorism Center provides a tailored educational package at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to agents outbound to foreign assignments. After the first year of collaboration, HSI leadership within the Office of International Affairs has asked the CTC to double the number of hours of education provided to these students.