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Steelhenge consultant announced as speaker at Counter Terror Expo 2013
Steelhenge consultant Dr Claudia van den Heuvel will be presenting at this month’s Counter Terror Expo, which takes place on 24-25th April at London’s Olympia.
Speaking on the second day of the Conference, Dr van den Heuvel will be discussing the use of ‘High fidelity simulation exercises in honing preparedness for high-risk terror attacks’ at 1500h in the Critical National Infrastructure stream.
The ability of a strategic command team to respond to a terror attack requires decision-making, leadership and thinking skills that are very different from those applied in a normal working day. It is a kind of management in extremis where vital decisions can have extreme consequences and are irreversible. Research has shown that the skills required to reduce error or other negative effects of uncertainty on command teams are best learned through frequent exposure to real life incidents. However, repeated, real life exposure to terrorist attacks is not possible.
Dr van den Heuvel’s presentation will address how to train for such scenarios through the use of ‘simulation exercises’ where realistic levels of stress, uncertainty and pressures are replicated but within a safe learning environment. They give the strategic crisis management team experience in the response to threatening situations, thereby ensuring that the skills learned can transfer to the management of real life events.
The largest international event of its kind, the Counter Terror Expo hosts a highly respected Conference drawing together a programme of world experts to address the nature of modern day risks, and how to mitigate associated threats and protect against terrorist attacks.
Dr van den Heuvel comments:
“The Counter Terror Expo is an incredibly important event when it comes to the analysis of risk and preparedness in case of a terrorist attack, which in modern times, is a very real threat. My lecture will focus upon the skill set required by strategic command teams in order to make important, but “wicked” (extremely uncertain and difficult) decisions during times of high pressure in a counter-terror operation. At Steelhenge we specialise in the education and training of crisis management teams and I look forward to imparting advice to the counter-terrorism community from across the world.”
The Counter Terror Expo will be held in the Grand Hall of the Olympia Exhibitions & Conference Centre in London from 24-25th April. Tickets to see Dr van den Heuvel speak on the 25th can be purchased at http://www.counterterrorexpo.com. For more information on Steelhenge training and exercising services, visit http://www.steelhenge.co.uk.