IUPUI to host counterterrorism simulation

Students from Indiana University will find out what it is like to be in the vortex of confusion surrounding a large-scale urban crisis when the university holds its second biennial Counterterrorism Simulation on Oct. 28, 2011. The simulation will begin at 8 a.m. at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis building, Inlow Hall, located at 530 W. New York St. on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus

As it did in 2009 when it was the subject of a public television documentary, this event will once again bring together students from IU School of Law – Indianapolis and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI who will play the roles of officials called upon to manage the aftermath of the largest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

This time, students and professors from the IU School of Medicine, as well as security officials from churches and major corporations located in the area, will also participate, adding to the complex realism of the scene.  During the simulation actual emergency officials work in the respective “war” rooms with the students; intelligence injects and televised media reports arrive from a control room; live press conferences are held by the mock officials; and all of the rooms are visible on a public internet “dashboard.”  

The public may follow the students via a Web link on Oct. 28, 2011, as they are thrown into chaotic situations, faced with conflicting information and the need for rapid decisions, with lives potentially in the balance.  Because situations very similar to the enactment could easily take place in any city in the country, this is an experience is one viewers will not soon forget!

To supplement this ultimate experiential learning exercise, experts from around the globe will gather at the law school to discuss current and potential terrorist threats and public policy responses. 

Former U.S. Representative Lee H. Hamilton, director of IU’s Center on Congress, will give the keynote speech at noon on Friday, Oct. 28 (immediately following the simulation). Hamilton represented Indiana in the House of Representatives for 34 years and was vice chair of the 9/11 Commission. 

Following Hamilton’s lecture, panel discussions featuring Joseph E. Wainscott, Indiana Department of Homeland Security; SSA Greg Massa, FBI; Dr. Steven Metz, U.S. Army War College; and other experts, will take place. 

Rounding out the international aspect of this gathering of counterterrorism experts is Nicholas Beadle, CMG, a former senior adviser to the prime minster of the UK who led that country’s Afghanistan/Pakistan strategy teams.  Beadle is currently working on Libya, Yemen and Syria and will speak on the legality of NATO’s intervention in Libya at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2011, in the Wynne Courtroom of Inlow Hall. 

The lectures and panel discussions are free and open to the public.  CLE credit is available for the Beadle and Hamilton lectures, as well as the panel discussions. 

See the law school’s website for more information and a live link to the simulation on Oct. 28: www.indylaw.indiana.edu