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The Terror-Crime Nexus & Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats

The Terror-Crime Nexus & Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Threats


This course is designed to give you an understanding of the ongoing debate (and the implications of the different viewpoints) about the terror-crime nexus, especially about the extent to which it may extend to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (or CBRN) threats. It offers an introduction to the conflicting positions about the nature and scale of the collaboration between these different types of actors.

While there are significant gray areas that leave room for multiple interpretations, the course is meant to help you form your own educated opinion and participate constructively in the dialogue. This course will challenge you to consider emerging threats in the CBRN domain, providing indicators of concerning change and identifying nexus drivers and the actors more likely to collude. 

Training Objectives: 

After completing this self-paced online training, you will be able to:
• define and discuss the nature, scope, and scale of the crime-terror nexus threat;
• explain how this threat translates to CBRN risks;
• recognize the indicators of change in the nature and scope of the threat;
• understand the propensity for collaboration among terrorist and criminal entities; and
• identify the domains and regions at risk of such collaborative activities.

Intended Audience:
AnalystGeneral Public
Delivery Format: 
Asynchronous Online
Duration/Time Requirements:
5 Hours
Continuous online
Continuing Education Units: 
Registration Info: 

Registration for "The Terror-Crime Nexus and CBRN Threats" is possible through the University of Maryland's Canvas Catalog which allows users to create a unique user id and password, complete registration, access the course, and receive a certificate of completion. You do not need to be affiliated with the University of Maryland to access courses through Canvas Catalog. Upon registration, you are guaranteed access to the course space for 60 days. 

This course is intended to take you approximately 5 hours to complete all materials and quizzes. You can complete the course at your own pace, signing in and out of the course space at your convenience.

The cost for the course is $89.99 for Certificate of Completion only, and $124.99 for .5 Continuing Education Units. 

Register at https://umd-start.catalog.instructure.com/​


Certificates of Completion - You will be able to access your certificate of completion directly through Canvas Catalog upon completion of the course.

Continuing Education Unit Certificates will be processed on the first business day of every month. Be sure to complete all quizzes before your 60 day access expires in order to ensure that you receive certification. Upon your completion of the course, START will submit notification of your completion to UMD's Office of Extended Studies (OES). OES will mail your certificate directly to you. Please allow adequate processing time to receive your certification.

Contact Info: 

For more information about any of START's trainings, contact Liberty Day, START Training Manager, at 301-405-6600 or training@start.umd.edu or make an online request for more information.