On 24 and 25 March 2014 the Netherlands hosted the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 (NSS 2014). In order to prepare the various Command and Control (C2) staffs for their specific tasks during the NSS 2014, the Dutch National Police cooperated with the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency. In order to assess and improve various C2 processes, a training and exercise programme was put together.
The summit brought together the leaders from over 50 countries to discuss important nuclear security issues and international agreements. During NSS 2014, the undisturbed transportation and protection of the delegations was prepared and provided by the Dutch National police. Although the summit was held in the Hague, the presence of so many high ranking representatives from around the globe had a wider impact on the Netherlands, making this in turn the largest security operation ever held in the Netherlands and coordinated by the Dutch Police. Command and Control of the security operation was a combined effort of the Civil police (KNP) and the Military police (KMAR) under the supervision of the Ministry of Security and Justice (V&J).
During the NSS 2014 the police used 10 command and control rooms (some co-located) to direct this operation. All C2 staffs (Staf Grootschalig Bijzonder Optreden) at the various locations had to work as one team to provide a seamless execution of the summit's schedule and to provide protection for the Heads of Delegations.
Training and Exercise programme
In order to prepare the various C2 staffs for their specific duties during the NSS2014, the NCI Agency's Education and Training Service Line provided training software and exercise expertise to schedule, plan and prepare a total of seven training events. During 2013, two one-day table top exercises were conducted to train the staff on Roles and Responsibilities, as well as a one-day 'script driven' exercise to verify incident control measures and information flow procedures. Furthermore, from 4 to 6 February 2014, a 48 hours mission rehearsal exercise was conducted to validate all the C2 measures.
Mr JGJ Tuinder EMPM, Police Commissioner, and coordinator for National Operations and advisor to the National Police, said: "The preparation through the use of the NATO Joint Exercise Management Module (JEMM) enabled a very easy way to administer the exercises. We could conduct testing at multiple locations simultaneously. Above all, I think most importantly this project has changed our approach and way of thinking. Instead from learning by doing, we set ourselves learning objectives, the Agency supported the creation of assignments, and subsequently we executed the scenarios during the seven training events in preparation for the NSS."