SummitET Offering Exercises and Training Support at I/ITSEC 2023

SummitET Offering Exercises and Training Support at I/ITSEC 2023

SummitET® is excited to participate in and present exercises and training capabilities at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida from November 27 to December 1. 

I/ITSEC is the world’s largest modeling and simulation event. The 2023 conference theme Sustaining a Global Force in a Digital World “challenges our community to consider the human within digital environments and how digital technologies support global military readiness.

SummitET’s Director of Radiological Solutions and Regulatory Affairs, Angela Leek, coauthored two papers that will be presented at this year’s conference:

Tuesday, November 28 at 1400
Session 23174 

Using VR Simulations in Conjunction with Priming to Enhance Conceptualizing Radiation and Risk  

Wednesday, November 29 at 1030
Session 23449 

Me and My Report: A Segmentized After-Action Review Embedded Report Application for Supporting Maintenance Training in VR

Angela Leek, CHP, Director of Radiological Solutions and Regulatory Affairs at SummitET

Angela Leek

Director of Radiological Solutions and Regulatory Affairs

If you’re attending I/ITSEC, we welcome you to join us at these sessions to learn more. The papers will be posted after the conference on the I/ITSEC publications and proceedings page. 

SummitET has quickly grown its reputation as a leader in developing and supporting preparedness solutions that prioritize industry best practices and the latest developments in learning and technology. Drawing on their diversity of experience in emergency management and response, communications, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) across military, government, and private sector applications, SummitET experts bring a comprehensive perspective to preparing for and managing a variety of risks. We provide solutions including full-scale field exercises, table-top exercises, plan development support, threat assessments, technical training and education and beyond.

Our training and simulation support includes:

CBRN Preparedness

Our preparedness capabilities include conducting threat assessments, developing response plans for potential threats, building training designed to mitigate the threats, and providing a suite of tailored workshops and exercises to test the readiness as well as providing the operational support an organization may require.

Strategic Communications Training

This includes comprehensive training in Joint Information System (JIS)/Joint Information Center (JIC) methodology and practices, risk and crisis communications, media relations, workshops, and exercises.

Social Media Simulation

Our training replicates real-world simulations conducted on closed native digital platforms to provide real-time, hands-on familiarity with social media tools and practices. 

Technical Consulting

Our diverse range of technical experts can support CBRNE effects modeling and simulation for realistic scenarios or augment exercises and training with technical support.

Contract Vehicles 

SummitET holds government contract vehicles that allow us to provide technical, programmatic, and business support services to federal and state/local agencies. Additionally, we are a subcontract team member for DTRA’s Assessment, Exercises, Modeling, and Simulation Support (AEMSS) multiple award contract.

Exercise and Training Simulation Support

Learn more about our experience and capabilites within exercise and training simulation support.

SummitET IITSEC Exercise Capabilities

Meet Our Experts at Booth 3158

Adam Montella, Senior Vice President at SummitET

Adam Montella

Senior Vice President

John Duda, Chief Executive Officer and founding partner at SummitET

John Duda

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Manson Law Enforcement and CBRNE Subject matter expert

Andrew Manson

Program Manager | Law Enforcement and CBRNE SME

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SummitET Receives 2023 Hire Vets Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor

SummitET Receives 2023 Hire Vets Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor

November 8, 2023 | St. Petersburg, FL  –  

U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su recognized Summit Exercises and Training LLC (SummitET®) as one of the 859 recipients of the 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by U.S. Department of Labor. SummitET earned the Gold award for the third time since 2020, after applying earlier this year. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans. 

HIRE Vets Medallion Gold Award 2023

“Earning the HIRE Vets Medallion Award is significant to our organization because it fully represents our people, culture, and values,” said John Duda, CEO of SummitET. “This award demonstrates our commitment both internallyto our staffas well as to our customers in the public and private sectors, including in the Department of Defense.”

SummitET joins 858 other companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, but also ensuring that they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service.

Recipients of the 2023 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programming for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. More than 1,600 employers have earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018. 

About SummitET  

Summit Exercises and Training LLC (SummitET®) is a Florida-based, veteran-owned preparedness solutions company that provides proven full spectrum solutions to threats facing U.S. and international government and non-government organizations, as well as private entities through industry-leading experts and impeccable customer service. 

About the HIRE Vets Medallion Program 

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is earned by businesses that demonstrate unparalleled commitment to attracting, hiring and retaining veterans. The 2024 HIRE Vets Medallion Award application period will open to employers on Jan. 31, 2024. For more information about the program and the application process, visit HIREVets.gov. 

There are different awards for large employers (500-plus employees), medium employers (51-499 employees), and small employers (50 or fewer employees). Additionally, there are two award tiers: platinum and gold. 

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SummitET Experts to Attend 2023 International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Annual Conference and EMEX 

SummitET Experts to Attend 2023 International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Annual Conference and EMEX 

Summit Exercises and Training LLC (SummitET®) experts are attending the IAEM 71st Annual Conference and EMEX in Long Beach, California from November 3 to 9, 2023.

This multi-day training and educational event offers benefits to emergency management professionals in all levels of government, the private sector, and non-government agencies. The goal of the IAEM Annual Conference is to improve attendees’ knowledge, competency level, and collaborative skills by attracting relevant high-profile speakers to address current threats and practical solutions.

2023 IAEM Conference Logo

Simultaneously, EMEX, IAEM’s Emergency Management & Homeland Security Expo, draws a myriad of exhibitors who are the top suppliers to the fields of disaster preparedness and homeland security.

SummitET leverages global experience and public, private, and emergency management subject matter expertise to provide exercise and training support in the areas of emergency preparedness, critical infrastructure protection, strategic communications, and radiological and regulatory programs technical support. Our subject matter expert backgrounds include emergency management, health physics, homeland security, strategic communications, law enforcement, fire services/EMT, nuclear and more. 

Conference attendees can connect with SummitET experts to discuss preparedness solutions for current and emerging threats, including exercises, training, and plan development.

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Experts at Our Booth

Find SummitET experts at the IAEM tradeshow booth #219.

Ron Crane

Ron Crane

Director of Quality Assurance | Program Manager

Angela Leek, CHP, Director of Radiological Solutions and Regulatory Affairs at SummitET

Angela Leek

Director of Radiological Solutions and Regulatory Affairs

Mark Basnight VP of Communications

Mark Basnight

Vice President | Strategic Communications & Incidence Response Practice

Adam Montella, Senior Vice President at SummitET

Adam Montella

Senior Vice President

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SummitET Offering Training and Exercise Support at Huntsville-Redstone Arsenal Conference

SummitET Offering Training and Exercise Support at Huntsville-Redstone Arsenal Conference

SummitET industry experts are attending the Huntsville-Redstone Arsenal Conference in Huntsville, Alabama on October 17 and 18, 2023. The small business contracting conference and expo connects new and seasoned state and federal contractors and offers “best practices” seminars and workshops that enhance knowledge and strengthen relationships in the government procurement space.

SummitET holds government contract vehicles that enable them to provide technical, programmatic, and engineering support services to the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA). Additionally, they are a subcontract team member for DTRA’s Assessment, Exercises, Modeling, and Simulation Support (AEMSS) multiple award contract and can provide a vast array of preparedness training and exercise services to the Department of Defense and other agencies.

“As an ISO 9001 certified business, quality of our services and client satisfaction are of utmost importance,” said John Duda, CEO of SummitET. “Our team of experts works tirelessly to ensure that we are delivering the best possible solutions to our clients, and we understand the importance of being able to pivot to meet government clients’ objectives and changing requirements.”

Von Braun Center in Huntsville, AL

Exercise and Training Support

  • CBRNE Preparedness
  • FBI/WMD Policy Support
  • Strategic Communications Training
  • Technical Consulting

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Experts at Our Booth

Meet our experts at Booth A24 to discuss training and exercise support to help prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from manmade and natural threats and hazards.

Dave Raymond, Law Enforcement/CBRNE Senior SME at SummitET

Dave Raymond

Law Enforcement and CBRNE Senior SME

Jim Dougal, Law Enforcement and Tactics Subject Matter Expert for SummitET

Jim Dougal

Law Enforcement and Tactics Subject Matter Expert

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Active Shooter Incidents Over Time

Active Shooter Incidents Over Time

With students back in school, concerns about physical safety, including active shooter threats, return for parents and students. According to an August 2022 Gallup poll, 44% of K-12 parents fear for their children’s physical safety at school. That is the highest parental fear has been since 2001, following a shooting at Santana High School in Santee, California. The record high was 55% in April 1999, when parents were polled shortly after the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado.

Active shooter incidents are certainly not limited to K-12 schools. They can occur at institutes of higher education, bars and nightclubs, places of worship, private businesses, government facilities, hospitals and medical clinics, and sports stadiums or arenas. The FBI designated 50 shootings as active shooter incidents in 2022, with the highest number of incidents, 23, taking place in open spaces, followed by the next highest number, 14, occurring in places of commerce.

Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2022, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Page 12

Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2022, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Page 12

Active Shooter Definition

Prior to Columbine, the term “active shooter” was not commonly part of the public vernacular and “active shooters” were not considered cause for alarm in the United States. Now the term regularly appears in the news, on social media, and in public settings as school officials, government offices, and private businesses weigh their options for active shooter training and drills.

The FBI defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.” Not all active shooter incidents result in fatalities, and most do not turn into mass killings, which is defined by the FBI as three or more people killed at one time in a single location.

More recently, the term “active threat” has emerged as a broader way to categorize a dynamic situation involving an individual (or individuals) using deadly physical force, to include firearms, bladed weapons, explosives, and vehicles.

Incidence Trends

The enactment of the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012 strengthened the ability of many federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, to dedicate greater resources to help address the active shooter threat, including investigation, research, and law enforcement training.

The FBI releases reports intended to “provide an overview of active shooter incidents to help law enforcement, other first responders, and the public better understand the levels of threat associated with active shooter incidents.”

According to the FBI’s report Active Shooter Incidents 20-Year Review, 2000-2019, the number of active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2019 shows an overall upward trend.

Active Shooter Incidents 20-Year Review 2000-2019, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Page 4

Active Shooter Incidents 20-Year Review 2000-2019, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Page 4

Jumping to their most recent report from 2022, it notes that while total active shooter incidents decreased by 18% from 2021, the number increased by 66.7% compared to 2018, and thus for the period 2018-2022 “data shows an upward trend.”

There are many different databases that track incidences of school shootings, mass shootings, mass killings, and active shooter. The criteria and definitions used in these databases vary widely, resulting in vastly different stories being painted about incidence and trend. Regardless of these differences, what remains is public perception of safety and anxiety over the threat of active shooters.

Active Shooter Incidents 20-Year Review 2000-2019, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Page 5

Active Shooter Incidents 20-Year Review 2000-2019, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Page 5

Exercises and Training to Save Lives

According to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University (ALERRT), whose researchers work with the FBI to catalog and examine active shooter attacks, slightly more than half of incidents from 2000 to 2022 ended before law enforcement arrived. To help prevent loss of life, it’s important for individuals and organizations to take additional steps to plan and prepare for active shooter events.

“Mass shootings: What are the warning signs and could they help prevent another Parkland?” BBC.com

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has developed a series of materials to help schools, businesses, and communities prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. Active shooter situations are often sudden and unpredictable, as the shooter may not have method to their selection of victims. Paying attention to warning signs in the behavior and habits of a potential shooter can help prevent an incident before it happens.

CISA’s Active Shooter Attacks Action Guide notes that “some shooters demonstrate progressively escalating risk factors in their mindsets and behaviors that characterize them as violent prior to an attack.” Potential warning signs include increasingly erratic, unsafe, or aggressive behaviors, claims of marginalization from friends or colleagues, sudden and dramatic changes in home life or personality, drug and alcohol abuse, financial difficulties, and more. Taking note of these types of drastic changes and reporting behavior or concerns to a supervisor if at work, or a school official in education settings, may facilitate intervention and mitigate potential risks.

SummitET® provides customized preparedness solutions to reduce the risk posed by active shooter incidents. Much of this risk can be mitigated through the development of an effective preparedness system that includes internal policies and compliance, intelligence and information sharing, physical security protections systems, training, planning, and exercising.

We offer a suite of tailored preparedness solutions for many public and private sectors and organizations including hospitals, private industry, government facilities, public facilities, schools, and more.

Our industry experts with extensive backgrounds in law enforcement, infrastructure protection, counterterrorism, counter-WMD, emergency medical/fire rescue, and more can help your organization prepare for the threat of active shooters. Contact us today.

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