(NationalSentinel) Terrorism:Â What is the U.S. government so concerned about all of a sudden that it feels compelled to hold back-to-back drills simulating massive acts of terrorism?
On the same day that “Operation Gotham Shield,” the exercise simulating a nuclear explosion over the skies of New York City, is set to close, regional governments and Washington, D.C., will stage a massive “coordinated terror attack” drill in the nation’s capital.
Also on the same day – April 26 – President Donald J. Trump and his four top military and defense officials are planning to briefÂ the entireÂ Senate, a phenomenon thatÂ Reuters describes as “unusual.”
As for the D.C. drill, a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments notes:
Law enforcement officials and other first responders will participate in a full-scale exercise on April 26 designed to prepare for the possibility of a complex coordinated terror attack in the National Capital Region.
Emergency managers who work together at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) planned the exercise to help protect residents by preparing for an attack involving multiple target locations and teams of perpetrators.
The regional exercise will be staged at six sites in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia, and will involve hundreds of police, fire, and emergency medical service personnel and volunteer actors. The locations include neighborhoods in the northeast and southeast quadrants of the District of Columbia, Prince Georgeâ€™s County, and Arlington and Fairfax Counties.Â Residents in those neighborhoods will be notified ahead of time to expect the exercise.
â€œLaw enforcement officials practice and exercise their skills on their own regularly because thatâ€™s the best way to ensure we are always ready to respond quickly and professionally,â€ said Scott Boggs, Managing Director of Homeland Security and Public Safety at COG. â€œOn April 26, weâ€™ll go one step further and stage a very realistic emergency event involving multiple sites and actors posing as the casualties. However, there is no reason for residents to be alarmed because the exercise will occur in a controlled environment.â€
As we stated earlier in reporting on Gotham Shield, exercises like that one are generally planned well in advance. But the addition of Trump’s decision to briefÂ the entire U.S. Senate on the North Korea situation (which almost guarantees the contents of the briefing will be leaked, and then reported in Pyongyang), coupled with the massive terrorism drill in the Capital City, are both ominous developments, indeed, and requireÂ additional analysis.
It appears as though the administration believes two things: 1) There may be no other choice at present other than to strike North KoreaÂ now, before it can develop nuclear weapons andÂ the missiles to deliver them most anywhere on the planet; and 2) Such action against North Korea may invite large-scale retaliation in some form, against a major U.S. city (or cities) or the nation’s capital itself.