Ardent Sentry exercises

According to city officials and FEMA, a series of military drills known as the Ardent Sentry exercises will be taking place in Seattle from May 1-8. I wasn’t initially alarmed by this, but knowing FEMA’s track record, I dug around a bit on just what the hell “Ardent Sentry” means, and it turns out that they were the same drills conducted on 9/11 and the 7/7 subway attacks in London.

Now, I’m not about to run outside and yell about the sky fallling and terrorists hiding in the bushes, but it’s worth noting that this is taking place in our city, and the people should be informed (since you’re probably not going to hear a damn thing about any of this otherwise.)

According to a snippet from here,, the exercises involve the following:

The overall exercise scenario unfolds as a Category 4 hurricane threatens the National Capitol Region (NCR) while events in the Pacific Northwest include terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the state of Washington and an accidental release of a chemical agent at chemical stockpile facility in Umatilla, Oregon. The scenario culminates with the hurricane’s imminent landfall combined with a credible terror threat to the NCR which causes the federal government to invoke continuity plans and capabilities.

Hurricane drills? Up here? I could understand earthquake drills, and the WMD fear has become all but commonplace in today’s times…but when it comes to the government, what the left hand is doing behind the scenes while the right hand is clearly visible is what worries me the most.

4 Comments so far

  1. Zee Grega (zeegrega) on April 29th, 2008 @ 4:07 pm

    By NCR, don’t they mean the OTHER Washington, in which case hurricane drills make total sense?


  2. mmbb on April 29th, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

    1 minute of research found:

    "The exercise venues involve a Category 4 hurricane impacting the Mid Atlantic Coast and the National Capitol Region and multiple terrorist attacks in Washington State."

    http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=43299


  3. Mike (drgonzo) on April 29th, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

    they were also mentioning Northern Command, which in their language refers to the PacNW region


  4. lizella on May 5th, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

    Northern Command or NORTHCOM does not specifically refer to the Pacfic NW. It is the Combatant Command responsible for defense of the United States.



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