Top Officials (TOPOFF) Exercise Series: TOPOFF 2: After Action Summary Report [Seattle, Washington and Chicago, Illinois; May 12-16, 2003] [open pdf - 144KB]
"Top Officials 2 (TOPOFF 2) was a Congressionally- mandated, national terrorism exercise that was designed to identify vulnerabilities in the nation's domestic incident management capability by exercising the plans, policies, procedures, systems, and facilities of federal, state, and local response organizations against a series of integrated terrorist threats and acts in separate regions of the country. TOPOFF 2 was the largest and most comprehensive terrorism response exercise ever conducted in the United States. The exercise scenario, which was played out from May 12 to May 16, 2003, depicted a fictitious, foreign terrorist organization that detonated a simulated radiological dispersal device (RDD) in Seattle, Washington, and released the Pneumonic Plague (Yersinia pestis) in several Chicago metropolitan area locations. There was also significant pre-exercise intelligence play, a cyber-attack, and credible terrorism threats against other locations. The exercise brought together top government officials from 25 federal, state, and local agencies and departments, and the Canadian Government to test the domestic incident management in response to WMD terrorist attacks in the United States. This report details the activities and actions taken during the exercise."
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Top Officials (TOPOFF) Exercise Series: TOPOFF 2. Seattle, Washington and Chicago, Illinois. May 12-16, 2003