Local & Regional
Sat July 25, 2009
By Associated Press
Washington, D.C. – Government to conduct terror prevention exercise
WASHINGTON (AP) The government is conducting its first-ever nationwide exercise Monday aimed at preventing a terrorist attack.
The five-day exercise, being coordinated by the Homeland Security Department, will involve simulated "real life" scenarios, with a focus on preventing a terrorist from entering the U.S. to carry out an attack. Also participating will be officials from the Pentagon, office of the Director of National Intelligence as well as the Justice and State departments.
The exercise will take place at command posts and field locations in Washington, D.C., in addition to Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and California.
Homeland Security spokesman Clark Stevens says the simulations will most likely not affect or be seen by the public. Previous nationwide exercises have focused on terror response efforts rather than prevention.