Join in the preparatory work for a blue ribbon commission formed in the aftermath of a fictional Washington, D.C. terrorist attack. As the commission gets ready to hold a hearing, participants negotiate important issues including the agenda and a list of witnesses.
Roles include the staff of nine commission members, each tasked with the challenging work of digging into the details of the terrorist attack, identifying areas of concern, and making policy recommendations to strengthen the United States' ability to prevent attacks. As the commission staff, participants must always keep their commissioner's perspective in mind. Instructors take an active role in sending news updates (pre-loaded) and other messages in this simulation to provide additional realism. A scenario is provided along with a private role sheet to give students additional information about their assigned role's positions and interests. Appropriate for courses in public policy, American government, homeland security, and terrorism studies, among others.
Developed in collaboration with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Learn more about START's education programs.
- One or more Internet-connected computers or devices per team. (Optimized for desktop and laptop computers.)
- Up-to-date web browser software. (Internet Explorer is no longer fully supported.)
- No plug-ins or additional software required.
- 9 roles
- Role sheets included
- Teams of 1 - 4 students per role (recommended)
LENGTH OF SIMULATION
- Flexible; set by instructor
- My Team