Homeland Security Today: VP Yosry Barsoum on Simulation Exercises and Emergency Planning for Disasters

September 27, 2018
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In a recent commentary for Homeland Security Today, Yosry Barsoum, MITRE vice president and director of the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HSSEDI), discussed the value of introducing the element of chaos into emergency planning.

"Combining simulations with realistic experiments involving people who have the freedom to make mistakes teaches valuable lessons. Simulation allows you to explore the results of those "mistakes"—including multiple "what if" scenarios—and ultimately create stronger plans. The main idea is not only to create a plan, but to also “experiment” with it."

Read about how "Many critical insights (and some flat-out surprises) can emerge in a simulated experiment where chaos can flourish and do its work."

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