The intent of the SLP 1- 4 is for you to implement the topics and materials learnt in the course to a “real life” scenario relating to a terrorist attack on US soil in a major city sports arena.

Each module’s Session Long Project builds upon the other, so you will add the modular sections within one document like chapters in a book.

You will prepare your “plan” to address your own state’s specific particulars, (e.g., if you are from California you can present a plan for the Staples Center Sports Arena in Los Angeles).

Follow the general scenario and additional information and updates provided in each Module.

YOU are the Incident Commander (IC) for your City (of choice) and from this capacity and role you will address the SLP tasks.

Scenario General Description 

Date – 1st August, yyyy

The Threat – Intelligence agencies have intercepted from a credible source a terrorist organization’s communication regarding a general coordinated plan to use improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to detonate bombs at a major USA city’s sports arena during an event holding about 10,000 spectators:

3-5 suicide bombers strategically pre-position themselves around the arena. They detonate their bombs and self-destruct in order to guarantee mass panic and chaotic evacuation of the arena.

1-2 large vehicle bombs (LVB) in a parking facility near the entertainment complex.

Finally, expecting mass casualties – the adversary agents will detonate an additional series of devices in the lobby of the nearest hospital emergency room (ER).

Time line – The communication states only a general timeline for the attack to be executed within the next month of September. No specific date is identified.

Planning Considerations 

Geographical/ Location – choose venue and use Google Maps to map the locale and venue internal layout.

Key Implications – Casualties (about 100 fatalities and 500 serious injuries) will result at all incident sites and will include civilians, emergency personnel, and the suicide bombers. The LVB detonation outside the venue will result in the largest number of fatalities and injuries due to the population density expected.

NOTE – Life in the city will not be disrupted and all planned public events are not to be cancelled – at this time. 

Module 1 SLP – NRF/NIMS – Assignment (You are the City IC) 

Choose city and venue.

See venue’s schedule of events (at least one per week.

Present maps/charts of the locale, venue, and nearest hospital.

Based on the NRF ((a) engaged partnership; (b) tiered response; (c) scalable, flexible, and adaptable operational capabilities; (d) unity of effort through unified command; and (e) readiness to act), describe and summarize how you would prepare for such an incident at the state/city level.

Point out the priorities in your plan

Module 2 SLP – DHS and Intelligence – Assignment (You are the City IC) 

While preparations are being made on the ground based on your plan in parts 1+2, a meeting was convened by the State Governor with DHS officials and all the major city mayors and ICs.

Prepare a list of points you would like to raise at the meeting to the Governor and the DHS officials pertaining to:

Intelligence updates

Shared information about preparations and plans conducted by other ICs across the nation.

Needs for support by National Guard units.

What measures should be taken at major ports of entry (airports, sea ports, land crossings).


Note – Be specific to your state/city and venue needs and characteristics.

Module 3 SLP – JTTF + Fusion Center (FC) – Assignment (You are the City IC)

Date – 15th August, yyyy

INTELLIGENCE UPDATE: based on classified new intelligence, YOUR city has been identified as the target of the attack.

The DHS and FBI have established a Fusion Center and JTTF respectively in your city.

Based on the above and the time line, recheck your priority list and describe what needs to be changed/updated.

The JTTF / FC have established effective immediately daily meetings with you to coordinate efforts.

What would you raise as your requests from them?

Would you recommend that both centers be combined? Explain.

Module 4 SLP – Summary – Assignment (You are the City IC) 

Date – 31st August, yyyy

INTELLIGENCE UPDATE: based on classified new intelligence, the timeline for the planned attack has centered to take place closer to the 9/11 date (within a week before or a week after). At this time it is still classified as a highly probable threat.

The Governor has scheduled a meeting for 1st of September to receive a full report from you as to preparations for such an attack.

Based on the above and the new time line, recheck your priority list and describe what needs to be changed/updated. Explain.

The Governor has scheduled a meeting for 1st of September to receive a full report from you as to preparations for such an attack.

Your SLP 4 will be in the form of a PPT presentation to the Governor.

Highlight the major points of concern and how your plan addresses them.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Assignments should be 3-5 pages double-spaced, not counting the cover or reference page. Paper format: (a) Cover page, (b) Header, (c) Body. Submit your assignment by the last day of this module.

Relevance—All content is connected to the question.

Precision—Specific question is addressed. Statements, facts, and statistics are specific and accurate.

Depth of discussion—Present and integrate points that lead to deeper issues.

Breadth—Multiple perspectives and references, multiple issues/factors considered.

Evidence—Points are well-supported with facts, statistics and references.

Logic—Presented discussion makes sense; conclusions are logically supported by premises, statements, or factual information.

Clarity—Writing is concise, understandable, and contains sufficient detail or examples.

Objectivity—Avoids use of first person and subjective bias.

References—Sources are listed at the end of the paper (APA style preferred).