This week marks the 11th anniversary of the 2004 Republican National Convention, held in New York City. In the months preceding the RNC, DHS called upon CRA to design and conduct a comprehensive series of exercises to help enhance the preparedness posture of Federal, state, and local agencies in advance of the convention. CRA’s team of experts designed, conducted, and evaluated a series of exercises that included a Senior Leaders Seminar, a Tabletop Exercise for operations personnel, and a complex multi-agency Command Post Exercise. CRA’s successful design and delivery of this exercise series enabled participants to identify gaps and improve security and operational planning processes, thereby enhancing response procedures for potential incidents during the RNC.
CRA’s Dr. Joshua Sinai Discusses Canada’s New Anti-Terrorism Act in Published Article for The Mackenzie Institute
The Mackenzie Institute, of Toronto, Canada, one of Canada’s leading national security research institutes, has published an article on assessing the effectiveness of Canada’s new anti-terrorism legislation (known as Bill C-51) by Dr. Joshua Sinai, CRA’s Director of Analytics & Business Intelligence. The article discusses the provisions of Canada’s new Anti-Terrorism Act (also known as Bill C-51) within the context of what are considered to be the components of effective anti-terrorism (defensive) and counterterrorism (offensive) measures in a Western society. Such effective components are especially crucial in democratic societies, which recognize the need for enhanced security while safeguarding their citizens’ civil liberties during a heightened period of terrorist threat, such as the current period in Canada. The article’s final part attempts to demonstrate how the provisions of C-51, had they been in place previously, could have prevented the October 2014-terrorist attacks by Martin Couture-Rouleau and Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. As well, such provisions could more effectively track the travel of Canadian extremists to conflict zones like Syria and Iraq and the return of many of them to Canada, thereby inhibiting potentially catastrophic terrorist attacks by such returnees.
The media is present at every crisis. Agencies and businesses alike need to develop a strategy for including the media in the preparation, response, and recovery phases of an emergency. PRCG’s interview with CRA’s emergency-response expert uncovers lessons learned about communicating with the media and other audiences during a crisis.