Thanks to an errant nail in my tire, I missed last night’s Charlie Hebdo simulation at Plano’s Patriot Protection. Nick organized our team of volunteers (thank you, people!) and ran the sim 12 times, as reported by dfw.cbslocal.com [click image above to view their report. Also chronicled by the Dallas Morning News.] TTAG’s former DHS Risk Analyst is gathering the data for a comprehensive report on what we did – and did not – learn from the experience. Suffice it to say, things did not go well for the faux victims when a single armed defender faced a two-person terrorist team armed with rifles. So the question is . . .
How should the Hebdo folk have been equipped to handle the attack? The thought experiment I have in mind:
– There’s no police presence.
– There are 17 people in the offices. One room to the right as you come in. One to the left. A long, narrow corridor leading to a conference room. Five people in the outer offices. Twelve in the conference room.
– A minimum of two people are armed; a maximum of four people are armed.
– No NFA items allowed.
– No easy escape route.
– The terrorists are there to kill; they are NOT going to retreat or surrender. It’s a fight to the death.
What’s the plan?