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Counterterrorism and Response Technologies (CART)

National Security Standards Program

Our vision is to be the foremost source of standards related expertise and technical support on counterterrorism and response technologies, equipment and practices for the public safety community.

NIST Projects

OLES is partnering with the Materials Measurement Laboratory and the Emergency Services Division to validate traceable test materials and identify procedures to optimize trace explosive and narcotic detectors. This crosscutting project brings together expertise from NIST's technical and operational elements to help the broader law enforcement and Federal community have greater confidence and capability to detect and interdict explosives and narcotics.


We help NIST scientists and engineers maintain awareness in the counterterrorism and physical security areas. Previous training courses have included:

  • Comprehensive Overview of Police Skills (COPS)
  • Mass Transit Security
  • Clandestine CBRNE Manufacturing Seminar
  • IED Awareness Training
Created December 13, 2012, Updated June 19, 2014