On this day in 2011, CRA supported the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and 12 principal partners in conducting the Securing the Cities (STC) Full-Scale Exercise (FSE). This enormous exercise involved hundreds of personnel from 150 law enforcement and other first responder agencies throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Involving activity on land, including rail and highways, and in local waterways, the exercise was designed to evaluate the combined ability to detect and interdict radiological materials that could be used in an attack.
The exercise followed a tabletop exercise in February 2011 (also conducted by CRA). At the TTX, 100 representatives of law enforcement and public safety agencies discussed how they would handle an imminent radiological attack on the New York region.
The STC initiative was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is designed to stop terrorists from infiltrating a major city with a dirty bomb or nuclear device. Federal agencies supporting this exercise include the Department of Homeland Security, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, and the United States Coast Guard.
The information provided above was excerpted from the official NYPD Press Release, “First Responders in Three States to Interdict “Dirty Bomb” (Monday, April 4, 2011).