San Diego, CA: BioNet Tabletop Exercise

Event Description: 

The BioNet Tabletop Exercise (TTX) was held on March 16, 2005 in San Diego, CA.

Goal:

The TTX aimed to demonstrate the use of the BioNet System by stakeholders and elicit feedback for integrators and developers.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the capability of the BioNet decision support system (DSS) to enable civilian and military stakeholders to send, receive, and view reports and map views during a biological incident.
  • Demonstrate the ability of civilian and military stakeholders to view, update, and overlay environmental monitoring lab analysis results on existing GIS map views found within the civilian and military decision support tools.
  • Demonstrate the usefulness of the DSS and Concept of Operations (ConOps) tabs in supporting the use of population health monitoring data to characterize the magnitude, timing, and physical location of an emerging event.
  • Demonstrate the usefulness of the civilian and military population health monitoring ConOps in providing assistance to public health authorities in determining the presence, identity, and geographic impact of a biological threat agent.
  • Demonstrate the usefulness of the civilian and military environmental monitoring ConOps in providing assistance to public health authorities in determining the presence, identity, and geographic impact of a biological threat agent.
  • Demonstrate adequate and appropriate communication and coordination among laboratory personnel (Laboratory Response Network (LRN), military laboratories, and High-Throughput Laboratory) and decision authorities.
  • Demonstrate the ability of civilian and military stakeholders to request and obtain reachback support from Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC) using National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC) web products.
  • Demonstrate the capability of systems modeling and analysis to help stakeholders understand and make better use of the BioNet system.
  • Demonstrate the High Throughput Laboratory capability to process samples collected using advanced sampling tools and post results to the BioNet Decision Support System.

Summary:

The TTX was the mid-program exercise for the BioNet program in San Diego and provided BioNet performers, Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and other national observers with a valuable opportunity to observe the system and process in order to validate proposed solutions and guide future efforts in related and future programs such as BioWatch, Installation Protection Program (Guardian), BWIC, and others. The exercise was scenario-based and incorporated the use of all BioNet systems that were available as of March 16th, 2005.

Date: 
Wed, 03/16/2005
Venue: 
DoubleTree Hotel Hazard Center
Event Coordinator: 
Mike Midgley
Presenters or VIPs: 
LT Carl Brown, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
Mr. Mike Midgley, Cubic