Scenario General Description
Date – August 1, yyyy
The Threat – Intelligence agencies have intercepted (from a credible source) a terrorist organization’s communication regarding a general coordinated plan to use improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to detonate bombs at a major USA city’s sports arena during an event at an arena holding about 10,000 spectators:
Three to five suicide bombers strategically pre-position themselves around the arena. They detonate their bombs and self-destruct in order to guarantee mass panic and chaotic evacuation of the arena.
One or two large vehicle bombs (LVB) are placed in a parking facility near the entertainment complex.
Finally, expecting mass casualties, the adversary agents will detonate an additional series of devices in the lobby of the nearest hospital emergency room (ER).
Timeline – The communication states only a general timeline for the attack to be executed within the month of September. No specific date is identified.
Key Implications – Casualties (about 100 fatalities and 500 serious injuries) will result at all incident sites and will include civilians, emergency personnel, and the suicide bombers. The LVB detonation outside the venue will result in the largest number of fatalities and injuries due to the population density expected.
NOTE – Life in the city will not be disrupted and all planned public events are not to be cancelled at this time.
Module 4 SLP – Summary – Assignment (You are the City EM)
Date – August 31, yyyy
INTELLIGENCE UPDATE: Based on new classified intelligence, the timeline for the planned attack is likely to take place closer to the 9/11 date. At this time, it is still classified as a highly probable threat.
The Governor has scheduled a meeting for September 1 to receive a full report from you as to preparations for such an attack.
Your SLP 4 will be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation to the Governor. Your presentation should cover the agencies involved; the status of planning, training, and exercising; and preparations at the local level. What federal and state resources have been requested, including the National Guard (specific missions requested)?
What do you plan on telling the public about the threat?
Highlight the major points of concern and how your plan addresses them.
On your last PowerPoint Slide, address the following: Assuming a suicide bomber successfully infiltrated the hospital and detonated an IED, what local agencies would respond? Which agency would assume Incident Command? What Federal agencies would respond?
You do not need to include your reference list in the PowerPoint presentation.
SLP ASSIGNMENT EXPECTATIONS
The PPT should cover the agencies involved; the status of planning, training, and exercising; preparations at the local level; and which federal and state resources have been requested, including the National Guard (specific missions requested).
Module 4 – Background
COUNTERTERRORISM AND DHS INTEGRATION AND REFLECTION
Implementing 9/11 Commission recommendations: Progress report 2011. DHS. Retrieved from: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/implementing-9-… [read passages pertaining to counterterrorism]
Protecting the homeland: Intelligence integration 15 years after 9/11 (2016). Homeland Security Intelligence Council and Intelligence and National Security Alliance. Retrieved from https://www.insaonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017…
Review of domestic sharing of counterterrorism information. DHS. Retrieved from https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Newsroom/Domes…
Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit, ICE. http://www.ice.gov/counterterrorism-criminal-explo…
Counterterrorism Committees & Working Groups, DHS. http://www.dhs.gov/counterterrorism-committees-wor…
Counterterrorism Laws & Regulations, DHS: http://www.dhs.gov/counterterrorism-laws-regulatio…
Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program. Center for Strategic & International Studies. https://csis.org/program/homeland-security-program
Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT). http://www.nctc.gov/jcat.html
National Counterterrorism Center. http://www.nctc.gov/