Sensitive Site Exploitation Guidebook


The Technical Support Working Group has released the Sensitive Site Exploitation Guide for use by Military and Government agencies dealing with terrorist related or other incidents involving explosives, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and hazardous materials.

The SSEG is an 94 page field guide for use by Military EOD units, U.S. Coast Guard, and other federal agencies, State and local bomb squads & HAZMAT units for exploration of sites that contain explosives, toxic chemicals, unexpended ordnance, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.  The guide is printed on waterproof paper, spiral bound, and suitable for field use. 

The SSEG provides information on planning, equipment, exploitation procedures and search methods, collection operations. It identifies site specific considerations for fixed sites, aircraft, rail, cargo, and confined space exploitation.  Also provided are decontamination information, placards, warnings, markings; and information on Personal Protective Equipment levels.

The SSEG is a restricted document available only to Federal, State, and local governments involved in security and counter-terrorism activities.  Contractors providing security services to these agencies may also procure the document.  All orders must first be confirmed by the Technical Support Working Group/ Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (TSWG/CTTSO) prior to being ordered from the Government Printing Office (GPO).

After receiving a confirmation number from TSWG/CTTSO, authorized users may order the SSEG from the Government Printing Office. GPO Cost is  $97 for a pack of 10 guides. It is not available as a single copy. To order, cite stock number 008-001-00175-4.

To order this document, first send an e-mail request for quantity desired to [email protected], and include contact name, organization name, address, and telephone number.  Security contractors must also provide similar sponsoring government agency information. Confirmation of the order will be approved via e-mail with an approval number. The documents can then be ordered from GPO, accompanied by a copy of the confirmation e-mail and approval number, as follows:

Orders accompanied by the TSWG approval number may be placed with GPO via e-mail, fax, and mail. Online:,  E-mail: [email protected];  Phone: Toll free (866) 512-1800, DC Area: (202) 512-1800,  Fax: (202) 512-2250 at any time; Mail: send to: Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-0001. All orders require prepayment, either by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover/NOVUS, or GPO Deposit Account.