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Hostile Environment Training Course

March 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT



The Hostile Travel Environment Course is designed for those individuals who travel to hostile regions of the world, where they might experience high levels of crime and violence, civil disturbance, wars, riots and/or kidnappings. Even if you have prior military, law enforcement or intelligence community experience, it is important to continually sharpen and hone your international travel skills, in order to prepare for the potentially serious physical dangers that you might encounter overseas. Learn how to survive and make proper decisions in hostile environments, from pre-departure planning through in-country travel to emergency response.

Instructors with decades of international experience in numerous hostile environments teach the course.


Students should walk-away from this one-day training with a better grasp of the following learning objectives:

  • Students feel more prepared in their personal security, medical competency, crisis management and response abilities while overseas
  • Student threats and vulnerabilities have been identified and mitigated
  • Personal emergency response SOPs have been established and can be easily activated


During the course, each student will receive a course manual.


The curriculum is built around the concept of practical application through lecture, multi-media presentations, case studies and role-playing exercises. A sample of the course content includes, but is certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Welcome and Administrative
  • Pre-Departure Planning
  • Travel Demeanor
  • Maintaining OPSEC
  • Kidnapping Prevention and Escape
  • Explosive Effects and Standoff Distances
  • Medical and Trauma Preparedness/Response
  • Conducting a Vehicle Search
  • Basics of Surveillance Detection
  • Practical Exercises


Real world training by real world instructors.
– Former CIA Operations Officer

This course can literally save your life.
CEO of a multi-billion dollar hotel brand


Q: Is the course accredited and recognized?
A: This course does not yet provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Q: Will I receive some type of certification upon completion of the course?
A: Yes, you will receive a Hostile Travel Environment Certificate of Completion.

Q: What is the dress code?
A: Dress is business casual and jeans are acceptable.

Q: Do I need to bring a computer?
A: No, only if you want to bring one for taking notes.

Q: What do the practical exercise entail?
A: Practical exercises include a role-playing scenario.

Q: Where should I stay if I am traveling from out of town and is there a hotel discount?
A: It is recommended that students stay in the Tysons Corner area and there is a discounted hotel rate at the Tysons Marriott if you mention that you are part of the “SMI Course.”

Q: Are meals included?
A: Meals are not included however, there will be coffee and pastries in the morning, as well as coffee and snacks (cookies, power bars, etc.) in the afternoon.

Q: What time will we end class in the afternoon and how long is the drive to the airport at that time?
A: We will end promptly at 4pm. The drive time to Washington Reagan Airport (DCA) is approximately 10 minutes at that time of day. The drive time to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately 45 minutes at that time of day. The drive time to Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) can be between 75 minutes and 2 hours at that time of day.

Q: How can I pay for the course?
A: There are three ways to pay for the course: credit card (though this website), check (made out to Security Management International) or by bank wire (call for wiring instructions).

Q: I am a US Government employee who is approved for the course however I don’t have the funding released yet… can I pay later?
A: Yes, for USG personnel we do understand budget acquisition challenges… in certain cases we can permit you to attend the course and then submit payment later.


March 24
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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