It’s 6 p.m. on a balmy summer evening. Seven men sit inside a cramped hotel room just off North Dupont Highway in Dover, Delaware. Among the men are an expert in military assaults, a systems expert, and an expert in weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Three of the men are clearly orchestrating the plans; they do most of the talking. The seventh man is a trainee. He says little as he listens intently.
Six traffic lights down from the hotel sit their targets: Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. At 9 a.m. the next day, their operation will begin. What looks like the early beginnings of the execution phase of a terrorist operation is actually anything but. The seven men in the hotel room are all either U.S. government employees or former government employees who now work as contractors.
For the next three days these men will walk every square foot of the Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel and Casino looking for vulnerabilities that terrorists could exploit to create a mass casualty event.
Security Management was granted extraordinary access to this specific exercise to learn and observe what these men do as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) mission to protect critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR) in the United States.