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Note: “The announcement [below] released on October 24 has not been widely distributed to the media, because the drill is simulating a total grid collapse and could spark public fear,” quoting StockBoardAsset.com.
– “Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set”
“Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.
“‘This exercise will begin with a notional massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity,’ Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.
“During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community,” quoting the media release of ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio.