The United States is in the middle of a massive joint exercise being conducted by NorthCom and NORAD. The ‘Homeland Defense” exercise begins on November 12 and will end on November 18.
The exercise will be testing “synchronized response of federal, state, local and international partners in preparation for homeland defense, homeland security, and civil support missions in the United States and abroad”.
NorthCom is short for the Pentagon’s Northern Command that was created in October 2002 by President George W. Bush.
The exercise this week is going under the codename “Vigilant Shield ’09.” It is using scenarios that will test maritime, aerospace, ballistic missile defense, cyber, consequence management, strategic communications and counter terrorism domains according the a press release from the government.
Another aspect of the exercise is “Global Lighting 09.” That code name is a plan in which nuclear weapons are to be used in a surprise attack.
Not just NorthCom and NORAD are being used during the exercise, “Canada Command DETERMINED DRAGON” and the California National guard are also involved as is California’s “Golden Guardian.”
The involvement with California appears to be part of a massive earthquake scenario.
“Under the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger and direction of his Office of Homeland Security, the nation’s largest state sponsored emergency exercise will take place November 13-18,” a press release from the governor’s office states.
“Golden Guardian 2008 tests California’s capability to respond and recover during a major catastrophic earthquake. The Golden Guardian 2008 full-scale exercise scenario focuses on a simulated, catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake along the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault.”