Counter Terrorism Simulation

2011 Counter-Terrorism Simulation: Testing Local Readiness in a Time of Terror


Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: October 27-28, 2011

Situation: Potential terrorist attacks in the heartland.

Response: In addition to local law enforcement and first responders, city, state and federal officials, as well as private and non-profit organizations are also implicated.

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 October 28, 2011 at Inlow Hall in downtown Indianapolis. 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’s School of Law-Indianapolis and School of Public and Environmental Affairs 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.”

 We invite you to follow our students via a weblink on October 28. Students will face:

  • Chaotic situations
  • Conflicting information and the need for rapid decisions
  • 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 you will not soon forget!

Experts from around the globe will gather at the law school, as part of this exercise, to discuss current and potential terrorist threats and public policy responses. 

  • Nicholas Beadle, CMG, a former Senior Adviser to the Prime Minster of the UK who led that country’s Afghanistan/Pakistan Strategy teams. He is currently working on Libya, Yemen and Syria and will speak on the legality of NATO’s intervention in Libya on October 27 in the Wynne Courtroom.
  • Former U.S. Representative Lee H. Hamilton, Director of IU’s Center on Congress, will give the keynote speech on Friday, October 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.
  • Panel discussions will follow this event featuring Joseph E. Wainscott, Indiana Department of Homeland Security ; SSA Greg Massa, FBI ; Dr. Steven Metz, U.S. Army War College; and other experts.