Simulating Terrorist Attacks To Let Officials Practice
from the virtual-panic dept
Various government officials are spending some time playing games to practice responding to terrorist attacks thanks to new simulation equipment that has been designed specifically for that purpose. Of course, I wonder how effective these simulations are. First of all, they’re unlikely to predict exactly how a terrorist attack is likely to shape up. Second, I’d be surprised if they could accurately take into account all the factors that would occur at once, and could, in fact, suggest procedures that wouldn’t make sense in the event of a real attack – with so many other things taking place as well. Suddenly, officials who have gone through this simulation may rely too much on the experience and assume they know the proper thing to do (“the simulation said so!”) rather than the better response that common sense would tell them.
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Might be worth it.
These kind of simulations aren’t necessarily bogus. Although every situation is unique, having practice can avoid paralysis. In fact, if something is familiar, you can know what to do without thinking, and therefore spend your brainpower on the stuff that is new.
They have not been talking to the right scenario w
If they would only hire Jerry Pournelld and Larry Niven (FOOTFALL) to write their scenarios, these sand table exercises would be MUCH more interesting.