Hosting a five-day conference about counter-terrorism training? Why not take over a private 44-acre island in Mission Bay, San Diego, and blow parts of it up?
The HALO Corp., which is hosting its sixth annual Counter-Terrorism Summit at the end of October, announced June 27 that it plans to do just that to Paradise Point Resort & Spa — though the explosions will be simulated.
Strategic Operations, which has trained hundreds of thousands of service members with immersive scenarios and “hyper-realistic” training, will help conduct tactical training exercises on the island. This should include a recreated Middle Eastern village, battlefield effects, combat wounds and medical simulations. Participants can also expect a simulated Somali pirate invasion to grace the resort’s shores.
To maximize involvement, there will also be observation areas around the island and large monitors showing the action. Unmanned aerial vehicles are likely to be floating overhead as well.
The summit will have the typical conference staples, such as keynote speakers (Mexico’s secretary of the interior, the commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, and retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, who served as director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency) and classes (30 courses “ranging from border and maritime security to cyber terrorism and modern warfare,” according to a release).
The conference aims to attract homeland security, military and law enforcement personnel who can network and teach one another. It runs from Oct. 28 to Nov. 2.