CRA has a long history of supporting the planning and preparation of special events. Our team of experts has assisted agencies and jurisdictions nationwide in planning and preparing for high-profile special events. Through our support of DHS, CRA successfully designed and conducted various planning, training, and exercise initiatives in support of National Security Special Events (NSSEs), including:
- 2005 Presidential Inauguration Exercise Series – This series included a Tabletop Exercise (TTX) offering senior leaders an opportunity to discuss response plans and procedures in relation to simulated terrorist attacks, and to increase the preparedness of participating organizations such as the Department of Defense, Federal, State, and local entities involved in security and public safety planning for the Presidential Inauguration.
- G8 Summit Exercise Series Georgia – This project included a Senior Leaders Seminar (SLS), a TTX, and a Functional Exercise (FE) for the State of Georgia and the U.S. Secret Service in the spring and summer of 2004 prior to the G8 Summit. The series involved more than 360 players from 70 different Federal, State, local, and private agencies in 12 separate command and coordination centers.
- 2004 Republican National Convention (RNC) Exercise Series – CRA worked with various agencies in New York City to demonstrate the use of effectively synchronized Federal, State, local, and private-sector assets in response to simulated terrorist attacks or other critical incidents that might occur during the RNC. The series had three parts: an initial SLS, a subsequent TTX for operational personnel, and a command post exercise.
- 2004 Democratic National Convention (DNC) Exercise Series – This Boston-based exercise series included an SLS for public safety officials from Federal, State, local, and private-sector agencies, participating in a scenario-driven discussion of their specific plans, policies, and procedures; the first-ever principal federal official (PFO) exercise, a TTX for operations-level management personnel, and an FE involving 18 operational command and communication centers.
CRA’s support included design, development, conduct and evaluation of the HSEEP compliant exercise series, which ranged from seminars to full-scale exercises. As listed above, these exercises required not only interagency but private sector coordination as well.