WASHINGTON – CISA’s Office for Bombing Prevention (CISA )) plays a key role in the protection of the United States from bombing incidents. It does this by increasing security and resilience at the government, as well as well as well.
In 2006, Congress recognized the need for an enhanced and coordinated national bombing prevention effort and directed that CISA OBP take action. CISA OBP, fifteen years later, has continued to live up to its mandate. It works tirelessly across all States, territories, to improve the knowledge and abilities of local agencies, law enforce officers, first responders, businesses, critical infrastructure facilities, schools, faith-based institutions, the public, and other government officials. Through information sharing, training and assistance to partners from the United Nations, Mexico, the European Union and Canada, as well as the Caribbean and Asia, the successful domestic work of CISA OBP has been exported to other parts of the world.
OBP provides detailed IED threat information and conducts risk analysis. It also develops lessons learned and offers security planning assistance. The program coordinates efforts across DHS, as well as with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), nationally.
These efforts led to the creation of the first national strategy for countering IEDs. first unifying Presidential Directive , first coordination mechanisms and plans, first comprehensive and detailed risk management guidance for all parties , and innovative capacity-building programs. These programs include:
- TRIPwire, DHS’s information sharing website focused on IED threats and preparedness;
- National Counter-IED Capabilities Analysis Database, used to move critical assets and equipment during incidents and help thousands of first responders maximize the value of DHS grant funding;
- Multi-Jurisdiction IED Security Planning, which drives security and resilience improvements in over 100 cities;
- Counter-IED Training and Awareness, a range of fully accredited training in multiple formats delivered to over 100,000 participants from the public, major corporations, and high-profile agencies at all levels of government; and
- Bomb-Making Materials Awareness Program, which is laser-focused on preventing IED attacks early, when adversaries try to acquire the necessary materials.
It all adds up to better preparedness, less risk, and, ultimately, lives saved.
Rising domestic violent extremism has coincided to a significant rise in bombing incidents which pose risks to communities and to critical infrastructure,” stated Dr. David Mussington (Executive Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, CISA). “The recent attack on Nashville and the placement of IEDs close to the U.S. Capitol in January 6 show how bombs can have cascading effects on critical infrastructure or threaten our democratic processes. CISA will not stop supporting and empowering our partners in securing and defending infrastructure. We cannot be discouraged. CISA is proud that OBP has become a true ‘national asset’ for its critically relevant mission.”
In 2020 alone, there were more than 12,000 explosive-related incidents and more than a 70% increase in domestic bombings, according to the Department of Justice, U.S. Bomb Data Center. Bomb Data Center. Mass casualties can result in massive damage to critical infrastructure and physical assets, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars of damage. Hoaxes and bomb threats can also cause disruptions in commerce, and draw on scarce law enforcement and first response resources.
“As modern threats get more sophisticated, it’s important to remain vigilant and collaborately take proactive steps to increase the security and resilience our communities and crucial infrastructure,” stated Sean Haglund Associate Director for CISA OBP. OBP believes that success is not defined by the number of bomb attacks that occur. We will continue to work aggressively with our partners to avoid such events. One bomb attack is too many. We will continue to work aggressively with our partners on this issue .”
In light of the anniversary and current high threat environment, CISA encourages active involvement and partnership in the national collaborative effort to improve security and resilience to IED incidents. CISA OBP, for example, is leading Operation Flashpoint, a joint national effort with the FBI. This encourages citizens and businesses to report suspicious activity, including large-scale purchases of chemicals or materials (or any combination thereof) that could be used to make bombs.
CISA OBP is committed to continuing to enhance and coordinate national bombing prevention efforts and stands ready to assist communities, businesses, and individuals across the U.S.
Learn more at www.cisa.gov/obp.
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