Anti-terrorism PTSD homeland security response scenarios using modeling and simulation

Ronn Johnson, Ross Johnson

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Abstract

The globalization of terrorism has become more complex. The complexity stems from a blend of cultural, economic, geopolitical, historical trauma, or religious factors that often fuel these seemingly senseless acts. Internationally, Homeland Security efforts have focused attention on preventing and responding to these incidents when they occur. A significant part of the pre-planning process is risk assessment and risk management for the certainties that are expected to be encountered in the aftermath of terrorism. Strategies for pre-planning responses must also reduce the psychological impact of terrorism. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) functions as an unwanted clinical and forensic consequence of these acts. Research demonstrates that not everyone experiencing a life-threatening event goes on to develop PTSD. However, individuals exposed to acts of terrorism are comparatively more vulnerable to developing PTSD. Modeling and simulation (M & S) technology has been used to address a wide range of issues related to terrorism. M & S technology efforts (e.g., exposure therapy) can be used in the evidenced-based assessment and intervention process associated with PTSD. This paper proposes to conceptually explore options for using modeling and simulation as part of a virtual antiterrorism systematic training method for Homeland Security personnel (i.e., first and secondary responders) in response to potential PTSD causalities following an incident.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHomeland Security Modeling and Simulation 2012, HLSMS 2012 - 2012 Autumn Simulation Multiconference, AutumnSim 2012
Pages7-24
Number of pages18
Volume44
Edition17
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventHomeland Security Modeling and Simulation 2012, HLSMS 2012, Part of the 2012 Autumn Simulation Multiconference, AutumnSim 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2012Oct 31 2012

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OtherHomeland Security Modeling and Simulation 2012, HLSMS 2012, Part of the 2012 Autumn Simulation Multiconference, AutumnSim 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period10/28/1210/31/12

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Johnson, R., & Johnson, R. (2012). Anti-terrorism PTSD homeland security response scenarios using modeling and simulation. In Homeland Security Modeling and Simulation 2012, HLSMS 2012 - 2012 Autumn Simulation Multiconference, AutumnSim 2012 (17 ed., Vol. 44, pp. 7-24)