Emergency Operations Exercise- Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF)

In 2010, the State of Florida began efforts to improve interoperable communications by requiring each of the seven Regional Domestic Security Task Forces (RDSTF) to develop a Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan (TICP) and test it through a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)-compliant full-scale exercise.  Following this mandate, Lafayette Group subject matter experts hosted HSEEP-compliant planning meetings to determine the design requirements and scenario variables (e.g., time, location, hazard selection).  The group developed Operation MACE, a multi-phase exercise re-creating a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement team searching for six trucks suspected of exiting a port with a suspicious container, discovery of the truck armed with an ammonium nitrate and liquid oxygen bomb next to a hospital, a shootout with the suspects, and efforts by the bomb squad to disarm the device.  Within a three week period, Lafayette Group developed the full exercise plan with interoperable communications-focused injects, the Master Scenario Events List (MSEL) to drive exercise play, the evaluation guide, a weapons policy to ensure safety, a media plan, and a controller and evaluator handbook to guide personnel. 

Exercise Design and Evaluation