A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

Anti-Terrorism Program: Executive Forum for Foreign Fighters – Development

Anti-Terrorism Program: Executive Forum for Foreign Fighters – Development

Other START Researchers: 
Peter WeinbergerDevin EllisRon Capps

Project Details


START developed two sets of curricula on the Foreign Terrorist Fighter phenomenon. The first course, “Whole of Government Approaches to Disrupting the Foreign Terrorist Fighter Lifecycle,” is geared towards senior leadership from the criminal justice and related communities, and highlights policy and organizational characteristics of a successful response to the foreign terrorist fighter threat. The second course, “Creating an Interagency Foreign Terrorist Fighter Task Force,” is geared towards investigators, and highlights operationally-relevant characteristics of the foreign terrorist fighter threat and responses to the threat. The ICONS team developed an ICONS simulation on creating an interagency task force to address foreign terrorist fighters to support this second course.


START utilized a multi-stage process to develop the curricula on the foreign terrorist fighter phenomenon. The curricula were focused on pre-approved topics based on feedback from the ATA Program Officer. START worked closely with the ATA Program Officer to determine additional themes and key content for each course. START then identified appropriate subject matter experts that worked with the curriculum developers at START to develop all course materials. The program relied on standard instructional design principles to optimize the learning environment for ATA students.


Project Period: 
September 2016 to March 2017