Tuesday, May 6, 2008

D.C. OEM, Northern Edge '08, Midwest Terror Drills= Theatre of the Absurd

OEM Practices Emergency Drills (although a "weather" drill, could be a cover for a FF)

Upshur County is just one area in the state to participate in this FEMA national level exercise. Offices in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are also included in the exercise for the next three days.
Here in West Virginia they're evaluating local administrative capabilities in response to a mass evacuation from the Washington DC area due to a hurricane.
As part of the exercise, officials in Upshur County are examining shelter capabilities for evacuees by researching spare capacity of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, prisons and hospitals.
They're also reviewing contracts, or lack thereof, for emergency fuel, water and debris removal.
Officials with the Office of Emergency Management say this is a great way to get themselves prepared if such a disaster should ever occur.

*anyone else find the following amusing/absurd?
Irving Hosts Emergency Test Drill (IL)

Members of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) lead suspects away during Thursday's emergency drill in Irving. Journal-News/Mike Plunkett[slideshow:420:220:4]-->
For the purpose of Thursday night's emergency exercise drill, the Continuing Recovery Center in Irving had become Irving Mosque, the home-base for a radical, heavily armed group with suspected terrorist ties.There were explosions outside and inside the building. Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) special forces stormed the "mosque" from an armored car.There were casualties.Hostages had been taken and suspects were killed. One hostage hooked up to an explosive devise, required services from the Illinois Secretary of State bomb squad. Suspects also released nerve gas, summoning the Montgomery County HazMat team.There were participants from local law enforcement, fire departments, ambulances, and critics to judge the drill. In all, over 120 individuals from nearly 30 agencies.

Northern Edge '08 to kick off
The largest military training exercise in Alaska, Northern Edge 2008, begins May 5 with about 5,000 U.S. active duty, national guard, and Reserve component Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines.
Alaskan Command hosts the air-centric exercise, which will involve more than 120 Air Force, Army, Air National Guard, Navy, and Marine aircraft. It will be conducted mainly from here and Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, using the airspace throughout the Pacific Alaska Range Complex and the Gulf of Alaska.
NE 08 is a tactical exercise that provides a joint environment to train warfighters for their real-world missions. It will help prepare forces to respond to crises in the Asian Pacific region by practicing operations, techniques and procedures; by improving command, control and communication relationships; and by developing interoperable plans and programs.
Participants will practice defensive counter air, close-air support, air interdiction of maritime targets, personnel recovery missions and the opportunity to integrate new weapon systems to evaluate full potential performance.
The exercise is designed to sharpen skills; practice operations, techniques and procedures; improve command, control and communication relationships; and develop interoperable plans and programs, according to Alaskan Command officials. A joint training event such as NE 08 provides effective, flexible and capabilities-centered joint forces ready for deployment worldwide.
Environmental protection is an integral part of the exercise. Air Force officials conducted a cumulative assessment of the effects of joint exercise on the environment and through coordination and planning, have done everything possible to mitigate harm to the environment. They will continue to assess training impacts and take necessary precautions to alleviate any impacts on the environment.
Aircraft participating in NE08 include the F-22 Raptor, F-15 Eagle, E-3 Sentry, F-16 Fighting Falcon, KC-135 Stratotanker, HC-130 Combat Talon, B-52 Stratofortress, F/A-18 Hornet and HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter.
Units participating in NE 08 will come from Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Elmendorf AFB; Nellis AFB, Nev; Kadena Air Base, Japan; Misawa AB, Japan; Kulis Air National Guard Base, Alaska; Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan; and Fort Wainwright, Alaska.
Major participating units include U.S. Pacific Command, Alaskan Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pacific Air Forces, Marine Forces Pacific, U.S. Army Pacific, Special Operations Command Pacific, Air Combat Command, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, and U.S. Naval Reserve.
NE 08 is the largest military training exercise scheduled in Alaska this year.

Feds hold major disaster drill at Fort Lewis

FORT LEWIS, Wash. -- After being criticized for its slow reaction time to Hurricane Katrina, the federal government put the lessons learned to the test on Monday. At Fort Lewis more than a thousand people participated in a drill to see whether federal officials have learned how to speed up the process of getting to the people in need. The scenario was this: the Alaskan Way Viaduct had been hit by an explosion and a chemical truck full of deadly gas had burst. Specially-trained Marines moved through the crowd, looking for victims of a terrorist attack as looters ran rampant. Some victims were willing to be helped while others barricaded themselves indoors, fearful of the looters and the people in masks. ....

Emergency responders prepare for worst-case scenario
"This is just the first of three days of mock disaster drills this week. Crews from Eugene and Springfield are running a half dozen different disaster scenarios"

* possibly tied to the NLE taking place, as in 9/11, the smaller (secret) drills were the op itself.

Cubic and Decisive-Point Introduce "On-Demand" Game-Based Tactical Simulation for Squads and Platoons http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/industrials/cubic-decisive-point-introduce-demand-game-based-tactical-simulation-squads/
SAN DIEGO, CA, May 06, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) ----Cubic Applications, Inc., the government services business of Cubic Corporation (AMEX: CUB: 27.53, -1.19, -4.14%), has joined with military game maker Decisive-Point to introduce a new concept in tactical- level training called the Small Unit Immersive Training Strategy, or SUITS. ...

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