Nearly every month, assets of the U.S. Government participate in one or more exercises intended to bolster, one way or another, homeland security. Because these things are run by the government, and typically involve half a gajillion different agencies, they’re planned far in advance – typically five or six years out. The whole master scheme of who’s doing what, when, and where is known as the “National Exercise Program”. In addition to training and preparedness exercises that most of us never hear a whole lot about, the NEP includes some high-profile events that most Americans are probably familiar with – Presidential inaugurations, the State of the Union address, and other National Security Special Events like the football Super Bowl.
Every once in a while, some kind soul (accidentally?) puts a calendar of these things online, allowing ‘We Teh Ppl” to more easily keep track of what’s going on.
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