DHS Office for Bombing Prevention Overview

Office for Bombing Prevention

  • 16 pages
  • For Official Use Only
  • January 28, 2009


Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) Overview OBP is dedicated to enhancing and coordinating the nation‟s ability to deter, prevent, detect, protect against, and respond to attacks that use IEDs against critical infrastructure, key resources, and soft targets.

To achieve this goal, OBP is actively engaged in three primary areas:

1)Coordinating national and intergovernmental bombing prevention efforts;
2)Conducting requirements, capabilities, and gap analyses; and
3)Promoting information sharing and public awareness.

OBP serves as the Department of Homeland Security’s lead agent for ensuring that diverse IED-related prevention, detection, protection, and response programs nationwide function together efficiently to meet evolving terrorist threats

OBP History

OBP’s multiple program areas—from technical and training support to information-sharing and strategy development—continue to improve our nation’s bombing prevention and IED security capabilities

  • The office was created in 2003 at the inception of the Department as the WMD/Bombing Prevention Unit (BPU), a component of the former Protective Security Division (PSD) within the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate of DHS.
  • In 2006, BPU was renamed Office for Bombing Preventionto reflect its greater strategic coordination role in a post-London/Madrid environment.
  • This strategic focus has matured as OBP looks to coordinate the multitude of diverse, cross-sector IED security programs that exist at the Federal, State, and local levels.
  • OBP currently resides within the Protective Security Coordination Division in the Office of Infrastructure Protection under the National Protection and Programs Directorate.

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