TRAINING SESSIONS for INDIAN ARMED FORCES – Conducted by United States Organizations ( CIA & FBI)


The attack in Mumbai on 26th November highlighted some of the deficiencies or areas of improvement in the competency level among the Indian Police Force. These employees lacked the basic capabilities to deal with with terrorists in close-combat situations.

In fact some of the policeman with arms at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (railway station) ran away instead of facing the terrorists as captured in one the surveillance videos.

It took nearly 3 days for the NSG(National Security Guards) which are considered to be India’s premier counter-terrorist force to was out the terrorists from the Taj, Oberoi & Nariman House.

This clearly portrays the quality of the training given to these soldiers and proved that lacked the anti-terrorism training.

Looking at such conditions, the US has decided to train Indian officers for such operations.
The following training agencies has been deputed to train the Indian Armed Forces

  • The CIA(Central Intelligence Agency)
  • FBI(Federal Bureau of Investigation)


  • A major group of Indian Police Officers
  • NSG Commandos
  • 24 officers and commandos from the Delhi Police Special Cell
  • Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS) of various states
  • Paramilitary Forces
  • National Investigation Agency (NIA) – in the rank of inspector to Superintendent of Police
  • Parliament Security
  • Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs)

Note: However, the personnel assigned to an Indian intelligence agency or military unit are prohibited from attending the training, as per the United States policy.


  • The FBI officials will be delivering the training via lectures, case studies and practical discussions
  • However 85 % of the training will be done through drills and field lessons.


3 Major areas of training have been identified based on the past terrorist activities in India & the performance of the Indian Armed Forces.

  • How to operate in “high-risk terrorist confrontations”
  • Handling suicide bombers
  • Crime scene management and forensics


  • Efficiently manage terrorist confrontations
  • Effectively investigate explosions and terrorist crimes scenes.
  • Usage of handguns and shoulder weapons in close quarters battle with terrorists
  • Application of basic skills necessary to resolve high-risk terrorist confrontations using a variety of options and employing the minimum amount of force necessary to protect human life.
  • Development of effective listening and observation skills that allow them to maximize the information gathered through an interview with a terrorist suspect and minimize contamination of that information


  • Close quarters battle techniques and live-fire using both handguns and shoulder weapons
  • Night-time training exercises and high-risk counter terror raids will be part of it.
  • How to interrogate terror suspects in a “non-coercive manner”, effective communication skills, interviewing for result, analyzing the interview and interrogation.
  • Effective listening and observation skills that allow them to maximize the information gathered through an interview with a terrorist suspect and minimize contamination of that information
  • Effectively investigate explosions and terrorist crimes scenes.
  • Handling suicide bombers
  • Briefing on the characteristics of a suicide bomber and development of strategies to counter suicide bombers
  • The workshop will cover a variety of subjects such as terrorist and suicide motivations, characteristics, terrorist planning cycles, target selection, weapon selection and post blast response responsibilities,”
  • Focusing on crime scene management and evidence collection techniques
  • Topics covered include crime scene administration and management, body fluid and blood collection, crime scene photography, DNA evidence collection, hair and fiber collection, latent fingerprints, and human remains recovery.


  • The actual evaluation of the training will take place when the Indian Armed forces have high-risk terrorist confrontations next time in the future

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