Thursday, August 02, 2012


Major exercise builds solidarity amongst local, state, federal agencies

U.S. Army North Public Affairs

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — More than 9,000 service members and civilians from across the United States came to Indiana and northern Kentucky to participate in 200 separate training events at 50 different places during Vibrant Response 13.
The 19-day major incident response exercise brings together local, state and federal agencies, including Department of Defense resources; it is conducted by U.S. Northern Command and led by U.S. Army North. The exercise lasts from July 26 through August 13.
The scenario itself is a daunting one – a (simulated) 10-kiloton nuclear detonation in a major Midwestern city – and is pivotal in its scope. It provides leaders the ability to confirm the training and readiness of the nation’s new Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response Enterprise. The exercise required a unique collection of specialized military units, under the command and control of Joint Task Force – Civil Support, based out of Fort Eustis, Va., and under the guidance and operational control of U.S. Army North.
“Because of the level of complexity, we have had to build this (exercise) in order to confirm the capabilities of our response forces,” said Col. Dick Francey, U.S. Army North’s chief of staff, who served as the commander of the operations group for the exercise. “It has made it possible and beneficial for other federal, state and local agencies to participate. This involvement goes to further the realism of the exercise.”
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of the exercise is the opportunity to directly interface with non-Department of Defense members, who provide valued insights on issues that might arise during an actual disaster.
“The exercise features a simulated death count of over 300,000 (victims),” said Justo Hernandez, a team leader with FEMA. “We don’t even have that many body bags, much less a plan to notify that many families. But, we need to discuss a plan for that with all of those who are, or would be, involved in a catastrophe of this magnitude.”
It is insights such as that that makes the Vibrant Response exercise valuable because it provides the participants the opportunity to coordinate their efforts and further enhance their communication capabilities. They can then use those shared experiences, at both the leader and operator levels, to refine their plans to react if a disaster of this magnitude occurs.
Vibrant Response 13 also provides leaders the opportunity to work on the necessary measures they need to get the right capability, to the right places, as soon as possible, without causing increased strain on local resources.
“It’s just not possible for the individual commander to pull all these other organizations together for training,” said Col. Sharon Wisniewski, chief personnel officer, U.S. Army North.
And it is that training that will pay the largest dividends if the participants are ever called upon.
“We can never say that we are ready, said Hernandez. “What we can do, however, is training such as this.”


CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Col. Dick Francey, who served as the commander of the operations group during Vibrant Response 13, briefs Lt. Gen William Caldwell IV, the exercise director, on the current and planned operations for the day July 31. The 19-day major incident exercise features more than 9,000 service members and civilians from throughout the United States participating in approximately 200 live training events at 50 training venues to face a daunting scenario: A (simulated) 10-kiloton nuclear detonation in a major Midwestern city. Francey is U.S. Army North’s chief of staff; Caldwell is the commanding general of U.S. Army North and senior commander of Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lee Ezzell, Army North PAO)

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — Pfc. Frankie Noceda, a mortuary affairs specialist, explains the process of applying moulage to a mannequin July 31 to Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, the commanding general of U.S. Army North and senior commander of Fort Sam Houston and Camp Bullis, as Lt. Col Jack Vantress, Caldwell’s executive officer, listens on. Noceda, who serves with the 311th Quartermaster Company, 77th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 210th Reserve Support Group, along with his fellow Soldiers, will prepare more than 1,000 mannequins during the Vibrant Response 13 exercise.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lee Ezzell, Army North PAO)

Fly over.
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. — The training center at Camp Atterbury, Ind., is one of the numerous training sites providing the more than 9,000 service members and civilians the opportunity to practice their trade during the Vibrant Response 13 exercise. The 19-day major incident exercise provided the participants a daunting scenario: A (simulated)
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Lee Ezzell, Army North PAO)


Former CIA Army General: Martial Law Expected & “Warranted”
August 2nd, 2012
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Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul: Lt. General William Boykin (retired) told TruNews Radio Tuesday that the U.S. economy of the United States “is just about the break” and collapse. And when the dam gives way, severe food shortages and pervasive violence throughout America will warrant, in his opinion, an executive declaration of martial law.

“I’ll be very honest with you; the situation in America could be such that martial law is actually warranted, and that situation in my view could occur if we had an economic collapse,” said Boykin, a former CIA Deputy Director of Special Activities. Get my next ALERT 100% FREE

“The dam is just about to break on our economy, and I think when it does, there’s going to be a major disruption of the distribution of food,” he added. “And I think what you’ll see particularly in the inner cities is you will see riots, civil unrest that ultimately might justify martial law.”
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Though the U.S. is the world’s largest exporter of agriculture, in the case of a currency collapse, producers will withhold shipments to retailers and consumers unable to pay in a currency other than U.S. dollars. For a time, barter will take the place of currency for those living in rural areas, but for the majority of Americans living in cities and adjacent suburbs, food shortages can emerge within 24 hours.

“I think those people that are not in the major cities are going to be far better off, but it could actually justify martial law,” Boykin continued. “And I’m praying that we will not see that kind of collapse, we won’t see a disruption of the distribution of food in America. That’s probably the single biggest problem.”

Recommendations by “prepper” organizations and a handful of governments (as in the case of Utah and some municipalities) to include storing enough nonperishable food to last a month to 90 days have become commonplace during the four-year-long economic recession, as the history of currency collapses throughout the world demonstrate that for a meaningful period of time food will not be available at grocery stores, food pantries and other collective emergency food supplies.

Recent examples of food shortages due to rapid currency devaluations include Argentina in 2002; Cuba, following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989; and in Zimbabwe during its currency collapse of the late 2000s.

Although, the U.S. is not expected to match Zimbabwe in intensity and duration of inflation (89 sextillion percent in 2008), all nations undergo a period of profound dislocation of commerce during a currency devaluation, which may range from as little as several weeks to several months. At that time, food becomes the king of all commodities while government reestablishes a new workable currency to reestablish normal commerce once again.

“If people can eat, they can survive for some period of time while we get through the economic crisis and reestablish currency, and systems, and all that,” said Boykin. “But if they can’t eat, you know, they’re going to fight. And that’s my big concern.”

From his intelligence, as well as from numerous publicly-available anecdotal testimonies and leaked government documents, the U.S. military has been preparing with local law enforcement for a coming crisis. Boykin strongly advises the public to make preparations for the most likely scenario of a coming breakdown of the food distribution channels in America during a dollar collapse.

“For me, I have three months of food stored. I have a bunch of other essentials that I have stored in my home,” he said. “And my wife and I are preparing for this.

“Now a lot of people call us, you know, foolish, for that kind of attitude,” he added. “But I would tell you that I’m not going to be unprepared, and I think people should be prepared now for some disruption. You know this economic collapse is a very strong possibility. We need to get ready for it, and we need to be thinking through and developing plans for how we’re going to react to it.”

By Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul From Beacon Equity Research

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