ATA sponsors training for civilian security personnel from friendly governments in antiterrorism skills such as bomb detection, hostage negotiation, airport and building security, maritime security, and VIP protection. Each course is tailored to the requesting country's specific requirements. ATA assesses the training needs, develops the curriculum, and provides the resources for the training. DS trains security personnel using its own experts as well as those from other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; police associations; and private security firms and consultants.
Aside from enhancing the antiterrorism skills of foreign security authorities, ATA improves the protection provided by foreign civilian authorities to U.S. personnel and facilities abroad; strengthens bilateral ties between the United States and foreign governments--particularly in the area of counterterrorism; strengthens U.S. and foreign security cooperation; and encourages respect for human rights.
Since its inception in 1986, the ATA program has trained more than 48,000 foreign security officials from more than 141 countries.