MARO Project Tabletop Exercises

Tabletop exercises have been a key tool for the MARO Project in testing and introducing its concepts and planning process. The first tabletop exercise was organized in January 2010 with Mission Essential Personnel, LLC, at U.S. European Command (EUCOM) headquarters with crisis action and deliberate planning cells. The two-day exercise, which focused on planning for a real-world based potential mass atrocity scenario in EUCOM's area of responsibility, brought together EUCOM J35 crisis action planners, J5 deliberate planners, and planners from J9, J4, and S/CRS to test the MARO concept. EUCOM’s positive response to the concept, Handbook, and tabletop exercise affirmed our efforts to date.

The MARO Project hosted a second TTX at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government from October 13 – 15, 2010. This event was co-hosted by EUCOM with exercise preparation and facilitation provided pro bono by Mission Essential Personnel. The aim of the TTX was to socialize MARO concepts and planning considerations to a wider community and provide an opportunity for a mix of military and civilian participants to test and further refine the MARO Military Planning Handbook. This exercise expanded upon the January 2010 TTX by including both U.S. military personnel as well as USG policymakers. The event involved around 35 participants including representatives from six combatant commands and policymakers from various departments of the U.S. government.

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