ANSER | Building Partner Capacity Through Training and Exercises
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Building Partner Capacity Through Training and Exercises

Building Partner Capacity Through Training and Exercises

Client: Defense Threat Reduction Agency, J3/7 Operations, Exercise, and Readiness

The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review Roadmap for Building Partnership Capacity states that the nation’s strategic objectives are unattainable without a unified approach among capable partners at home and key friends and allies abroad. Building partnership capacity means targeted Defense Department efforts to improve the collective capabilities and performance of the department and its governmental, nongovernmental, international, and private-sector partners.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) works with partners to combat the global threat of weapons of mass destruction. The agency’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and (High Yield) Explosive (CBRNE) Partner Exercise Division works with the combatant commands, State Department, and U.S. allies to design and conduct consequence management training and exercises and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Energy Department, and U.S. allies to design and execute nuclear weapon accident and incident exercises.

ANSER has provided advisory and assistance services to the division and its predecessors for seven years to train joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational forces in a realistic operating environment. Combatant commanders, agency directors, division leaders, foreign ministries, and their staffs participate in training scenarios that test CBRNE, antiterrorism and force protection, nuclear security, nuclear weapon accidents and incidents, homeland defense events, and continuity-of-operations plans. ANSER support includes:

  • Developing and controlling exercises—work that includes training objectives, coaching, scenarios, event lists, dynamic scripting, and observer controller training and management
  • Modeling and simulation for the primary training audience and major subordinate response cells
  • Facilitating conferences and discussion-based exercises
  • Creating all documents required for the exercise
  • Conducting exercise execution activities on behalf of DTRA and exercise sponsors
  • Facilitating after-action reviews and providing after-action reports or a commander’s summary report based on mission-essential tasks and training objectives selected and observed

ANSER supported full-scale field training that brought together nearly 1,600 specialists at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, in May 2013 to deal with a hypothetical loose nuke. The team facilitated field exercise activities for Kazakhstan government agencies to test their security equipment and response to a security incident at the Degelen Mountain former nuclear test site and Semipalatinsk nuclear complex. They also conducted a bilateral tabletop exercise with Jordan to test that nation’s safety and emergency management plans and CBRN consequence management capabilities.

ANSER international training and exercise support to DTRA enable the attainment of national strategic partnership objectives.

ANSER Projects, Joint Operations