Asymmetric Threat Preparedness Operation
Scenario 8: Asymmetric Threat Preparedness Operation
The objective is to provide a scenario for preparedness and alerting
for threats against critical infrastructure. This scenario addresses
rapid response of geospatial information production
The scenario involves a coalition sharing information from military
and civilian sources within nations. A nation has determined that
its homeland critical infrastructure has an increased threat by
terrorist activity. The nation activates threat preparedness procedures,
which rapidly generates a common operational picture (COP) that
is customized to this specific asymmetric threat. The COP requires
immediate information from multiple civilian and military sources
within its nation and its coalition member nations. The COP is used
by military, police, and emergency response agencies in both the
threatened nation and its coalition nations to guide threat mitigation
and preparedness operations.
Aspects of Coalition Geospatial Support
The intelligence sources of all coalition nations are required
to provide the best possible complete picture of the threat situation,
especially given the global nature of these threats. To compound
matters, the threat is asymmetric, meaning that its exact nature
is unpredictable. Hence, most off-the-shelf information products
are inadequate. From a geospatial aspect, this means that geospatial
information must be produced rapidly based on commonly-adopted procedures.
Access to and compatibility with civilian sources of geospatial
information are also required, increasing the dependency on common
standards. The urgency of this information does not allow sufficient
time for the coalition to develop new procedures once the threat
has been detected. Instead, the coalition must rely on its product-neutral
databases, its core services, and its ability to chain services.
Service chaining for information production follows a model of the
threat situation that is assembled rapidly following detection.
For this scenario, “in-theatre” refers to the geographic
area to which the specific threat pertains.