In a strategic simulation
of a terror attack designed to assess America
's vulnerability through its ports, a group of business and government leaders found that such an attack could potentially cripple global trade and have a devastating impact on the nation's economy. The group focused on ways to improve detection before a weapon gets to a U.S. port, as well as help businesses to build resiliency into their operations.
The two-day Port Security Wargame
, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton
and The Conference Board
, took place October 2-3, 2002, in Washington, DC, with 85 leaders from a range of government and industry organizations, who have a critical stake in port security.
In the wargame scenario, a radioactive dirty bomb slipped through port security and was discovered when it fell off a truck at the Port of Los Angeles
. A second, identical dirty bomb was unpacked from a shipping container in Minneapolis, having arrived by truck via Canada
. The same day, three men, one on the FBI watch list for suspected terrorists, were arrested by Georgia Port Authority Police Force
on suspicion of attempted cargo theft.