Exercise to evaluate Northern Command’s capabilities

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | August 15, 2003

Beginning August 18, the United States Northern Command will conduct Exercise Determined Promise 03, a major exercise designed to evaluate the command’s ability to command and control multiple homeland defense and military assistance to civil authorities missions simultaneously. The exercise will take place from Aug 18 – 28 in Clark County, Nev. and Colorado Springs, Colo.

The exercise will include a simulated hurricane, multiple simulated homeland defense events, wild land fires, and a simulated pneumonic plague outbreak in Clark County. The exercise order of events begins with officials from local, state and federal agencies coming together in Nevada to deal with the situations. County and state officials will activate their Emergency Operations Centers, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX will deploy personnel and equipment to Clark County. Finally, at the request of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense will join the integrated federal response in Clark County with personnel and equipment to assist in the public health emergency.

The multi-level exercise will serve to validate the USNORTHCOM organizational structure and concept of operations. In addition, this exercise will allow Clark County and the State of Nevada to be certain that they are providing citizens with the best planning for their protection, demonstrating that local, state, and federal officials are prepared to coordinate an effective response.

During DP-03, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct a one-day, live-fly exercise in Alaska as part of a continuous exercise program to test NORAD’s ability to deal with potential airborne terrorist threats and interface with USNORTHCOM.