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Event.png TOPOFF(“counter-terrorism”,  Biological weapon/Preparation,  Planning exercise)  SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Date2000 - 2009
Interest ofUS/Department of Homeland Security, US/Department/Homeland Security
DescriptionA series of week long "counter-terrorism" exercises

Top Officials (TOPOFF) is a series of week-long "anti-terrorism" drills by the Department of Homeland Security[1][2] which ran from 2000 to 2009.[3][4]


TOPOFF 3 was a "full scale exercise" (T3 FSE) which took place in April 2005 and involve more than 10,000 participants representing more than 200 Federal, State, local, tribal, private sector, and international agencies and organizations and volunteer groups, from Connecticut, New Jersey, United Kingdom and Canada.[5][6][7]

Scenario outline

The TOPOFF 3 scenario will depict a complex terrorist campaign and drive the exercise play through the homeland security system, beginning in Connecticut and New Jersey, and leading to national and international response.

Over the course of several days fire personnel will conduct search and rescue, hospitals will treat the injured (played by role players), subject-matter experts will analyze the effects of the attack on public health, and top officials will deploy resources and make the difficult decisions needed to save lives.

An internal Virtual News Network (VNN) and news website will provide real-time reporting of the story like an actual TV network would. The mock media will keep players up-to-date on unfolding events and enable decision makers to face the challenge of dealing with the real world media. Only participating agencies can view the VNN broadcast.