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AFIT Students Present Terrorism Simulation to Great Lakes Hazards Coalition
Posted: 06/21/2010 by AFIT Public Affairs

On Thursday, 27 May 2010, the Department of Operational Sciences’ Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Class of 2011 presented a simulated terrorism scenario to the Great Lakes Hazards Coalition, a newly formed public and private consortium from 7 states (NY, PA, OH, IN, IL WI and MN).  The scenario was designed to exploit vulnerabilities in the transportation infrastructure in order to spur discussion on protection, detection, and mitigation of both natural and deliberate threats.  Students used open-source information to plan the attack based on network intersections for maximum economic impact -- hitting ship, rail, and truck arteries at multiple locations around the Great Lakes.  Estimated effects on the transportation system was $23 million during the objective period of 48-hours -- secondary expenditures by local and state governments were estimated at least double by an Emergency Management participant.  Clearing damage bridges would take weeks, and several years to rebuild to normal operations.  Comments from the audience ranged from "indefensible” to “cheap, easy, and effective."  The Coalition's meeting in Oregon, OH, hosted over 80 participants.  AFIT was invited to present this unique scenario by the Ohio Department of Homeland Security’s Resource Protection Office, under continuing collaboration efforts.  Eight students planned and presented their hypothetical attack, with the assistance of Dr Tim Pettit, Dr. Ben Skipper, and Dr. Ned Sandlin.  As with recent exercises such as this, AFIT students and faculty remained to hear proposals from the US Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Coalition Director, Brig Gen Don Dunbar, Adjunct General for the State of Wisconsin.  One common theme from the meeting was the necessity to compute direct costs, environmental factors, and cascading effects of supply chain disruptions on the individuals, corporations and communities.

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For more details, contact Lt Col Tim Pettit.

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