Mobile Training Courses

Biological Courses


Biological Production Signatures

16 Hours


The objective of this course is to familiarize the students with biological weapons characteristics, design and production processes to provide an awareness of various growth methods and hazards associated with the agents. This course of instruction combines lecture and demonstration starting with a general overview and history of biological weapons and their use. The students will be informed of the rationale and design of biological agents for use as weapons. Basic principles of growth and associated equipment is presented for various types of biological materials (bacteria, virus and toxins). The course also includes hands on demonstrations of biological processes emphasizing potential hazards and sampling opportunities.

Small Scale Biological Production

32 Hours | Home Depot Course


This course of instruction combines lecture with hands-on design and build of biological processes. The objective is to have the students understand the production of biological agents by demonstration and growth of biological material. The course of instruction focuses on non-state sponsored productions processes and use of easily acquired material for production of biological agents. The initial instruction will provide a general overview of agents, growth characteristics and requirements for production. The students will then be given the opportunity to design and build production processes using commercially available material. The course concludes with analysis of the processes and quality of the product generated.

Chemical Courses


Chemical Warfare

Course length is tailored to customer requirements

The Chemical Signatures Course is an introduction to chemical weapons and warfare agents. The topic is treated from a historical, developmental and likely use perspective. The toxic properties, exposure symptoms, countermeasures and basic synthetic methods for the major classes of chemical agents is reviewed. This course also delves into the development of these weapons and both past and possible use scenarios. The course is  readily customized for the first responder, support team member or the warfighter. It provides a “what to look for” in common chemical weapons synthetic efforts. It serves as  the basis for the Improvised and Clandestine Laboratory Course as well as other sampling and analysis courses offered by NSRI. The class can be offered at the Secret or Unclassified level.

Pharmaceutical Based Agents

16 hours

This is a blended two-day course that combines practical hands-on learning with classroom instruction. Students will become familiar with the hazards and threats associated with synthetic opioids. This course is designed to improve the safety and effectiveness of anyone who responds to an incident at a PBA laboratory. Participants will be provided with risk-based response guidelines on selecting personal protective equipment, decontamination equipment and be able to recognize incident indicators.

Students will receive hands-on instruction on different fentanyl synthesis pathways, production and current trends and sophistication of synthetic opioid clandestine lab operations. All participants will have the opportunity to test current detection and identification methods utilizing their equipment. The course concludes with a practical decontamination demonstration where students will examine the effectiveness of various decontamination methods using a visual stimulant.

Laboratory / Analytical Courses


Analytical Exercise

2 - 3 days

The XBRT Analytical Exercise is a dynamic exercise to stress and hone the operational capability of fully-trained analytical laboratory operators through 36 or up to 72 hours of continuous analytical operation. In a multilaboratory/team environment, the exercise will challenge the operational awareness and objective-oriented focus of laboratory operators while they process challenging samples and integrate intelligence and information from multiple incidents. The dynamic time-sensitive scenario will require operators to leverage training, experience, and knowledge to provide the most accurate and relevant information in-time to make a difference.

  • Triage samples by sample type, origin, and probability of most hazardous
  • Prioritize how samples will be processed as a single lab or as multiple labs
  • Apply scientific expertise and references to complete RFIs
  • Maintain quality standards of record management
  • Identify or characterize radiation and FTIR spectra received electronically
  • Identify or characterize the hazard from chemical and biological samples
  • Track sample progress among shifts, participants, and participating laboratories
  • Exercise or establish protocols and procedures with local Public Health and agency laboratories
  • Provide the most accurate answers and recommendations in a timely manner

Advanced Biosurveillance Leadership

2 weeks

The XBRT-ABLC is an intensive-Analytical Operationsfocused course designed to ensure the next generation of analytical leaders stay relevant and continue to provide the best assistance and advice. The course will challenge students to demonstrate expertise in biosurveillance techniques, concepts and adaptive thinking while working to solve current and/or historical analytical operations problems faced by the CST community. In order to remain relevant, students will learn from the stories, programs and projects that comprise the biosurveillance community including engagement with Public Health, Deployed Field Diagnostics Mission Partners, CWMD Agencies and National Laboratories/Institutes. Students may receive classified briefings on assay specific Students will demonstrate understanding of CLIP/CLIA and ISO, programs ensuring a literacy in the concept of quality and legal requirements of clinical and environmental biosurveillance. Students will develop or select models, theories and hypothesis to test current biosurveillance operations, protocols or procedures with the goal of creating refined, specific and relevant solutions or documenting findings. Students will be performing experiments to test hypotheses or models based on current biosurveillance TTPs. Students will be expected to learn and adapt new technologies and instruments into operational models of biosurveillance in order to guide validation and implementation of these maturing technologies. Students will be expected to present their projects and demonstrate utility and relevance for University of Nebraska graduate credit.

The course would occur at the NSRI National Capital Region (NCR) Laboratory and Conference Center in Savage, Md. Each student will be responsible for their own laboratory instruments, equipment, data and success.

Operational Courses


Travel Security and Operational Awareness

32 hours

Millions of people travel every year on business, education or for pleasure, often to countries that have a high risk of crime and terrorism. The National Strategic Research Institute has developed a basic safety travelers’ program to aid individuals or groups traveling abroad to remain safe.

NSRI collaborates with University of Nebraska to promote guidance on travel security awareness and training. This is a three-phase course that combines scenario-based training evolutions and culminate with a capstone field training event.

The course is broken down into modules that follow your journey from start to finish and focuses on best practices to enable you to have a safe and secure trip. Each module will guide you through practical, effective steps for remaining safe, so that by the end of the course you will have an awareness of how potentially unsafe situations arise and a suite of planned responses to such situations, should they occur.

Tactical Response to WMD For Law-Enforcement

40 hours

 The Tactical Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents has been created for first responder’s tactical teams, supervisors and administrators. The 40-hour, 5-day course gives the law enforcement or tactical response team the training on equipment and tactics needed to safely respond to and operate in an environment involving the terrorist use of a weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapon).

The course covers a general awareness of chemical, biological and radiological and explosive hazards, improvised and clandestine laboratories, force protection options, concept of operations in a WMD environment, the appropriate technique of donning and doffing and operating in various levels of personal protective equipment, identifying the differences between chemical, biological and radiological/nuclear hazards, understanding their areas of operation and terrorism response capabilities. One of the main objectives of this course is to utilize or develop each teams Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s). Additional topics covered will be self, hasty and emergency decontamination, first aid in a hazardous environment, tactical considerations and officer safety issues in dealing with a small or large scale WMD event.

This is an intense course of practical application and scenario-based training. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to recognize WMD threats, choose the protective equipment for their mission profile and safely execute their mission objectives in a hazardous environment, provide emergency decontamination, mitigation and stabilization of the incident. The culminating event for this course is a full-scale exercise designed to reinforce lessons learned throughout the week. Strong emphasis on interactive and practical exercises. Simulations are an important part of the course. We ensure a challenging but safe learning environment.

Biological Threat Response and Sampling

8 hours

 This course consists of lecture and skill-building by utilizing hands-on collection problems. It addresses crucial and specific skills and techniques associated with responding to a suspected biological threat and sample collection. Students will become familiar with The National Strategy for CBRNE Standards, the Framework for a Biothreat Field Response Mission Capability and FBIDHS-HHS/CDC coordinated document guidance on initial responses to a suspicious letter/container with a potential biological threat. Students will perform field screening, site characterization and become proficient in public safety sampling techniques required in the response to a suspected biological threat.

The course focuses on the role of the first responder and the process of collecting forensically valid samples, through laboratory analysis; utilizing the ASTM E-2770-10 Standard Guide for Operational Guidelines for Initial Response to a Suspected Biothreat Agent and, ASTM E-2458 Bulk Sample Collection and Swab Sample Collection of Visible Powders Suspected of Being Biothreat Agents from Nonporous Surfaces Overview. This process is consistent with the FBI 12-step process for managing a crime scene, including those involving a WMD. Additionally, students will be introduced to the CDC surface sampling procedures for Bacillus anthracis spores. Students will become familiar with the hazard and threat assessment process as well as the FBI Threat Credibility and Evaluation (TCE) call that takes place on scene and the role of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator (WMDC) during the incident. At the end of the course students will be evaluated with a written test and hands on demonstration of sample collection techniques.

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