I-STEP Northeast Corridor/Wilmington Multimodal Tabletop Exercise

September 20, 2017


TSA chose Wilmington, Delaware as the location for this exercise based on an analysis of consequences at key intermodal transportation points along the Northeast Corridor in the event of a security incident. This analysis, known as the Northeast Corridor (NEC) Multimodal Consequence Analysis, assessed consequences of a predetermined list of five distinct hazard scenarios on intersecting transportation modes in the Northeast Corridor. This includes the development of a model that assessed consequences at nine key points outside of major cities like Washington, DC, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. More information regarding the Northeast Corridor (NEC) Multimodal Consequence Analysis will be provided during the exercise.


  • Introduce participants to federal, state, local, and private sector counterterrorism resources and capabilities
  • Assess and discuss prevention-, protection-, and response-related security plans, policies, and procedures in the event of a multimodal security threat


Deadline for Registration is: September 13, 2017. Registration for the I-STEP Northeast Corridor/Wilmington Multimodal Tabletop Exercise is free. Please submit the requested registration information (form to the right) so we can compile an accurate roster of attendees and contact you should the need arise. Provide your information as you would like it to read on your name badge. Please check in at the sign-in table upon your arrival. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email.

Registration and attendance at the exercise is limited to invited participants only. This event is not open to the general public or the media.

There are several lunch options available within a few minutes’ drive from State Police Troop 2. We invite all participants to network and grab a quick lunch between 11:30AM-1:00PM.


9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Registration and Networking
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Introductory Remarks
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Intelligence Briefing
10:00 AM – 11:30 PM Tabletop Exercise Module 1
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch and Networking
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Table Top Exercise Module 2
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Exercise Wrap-Up


Mission Areas: Prevention and Protection
Core Capability: Planning
Objective 1: Discuss how federal, state, local, and private prevention- and protection-related plans, policies, and procedures facilitate responding to a complex coordinated attack against intermodal locations within Wilmington, DE

Core Capability: Intelligence and Information Sharing
Objective 2: Assess plans and capabilities that support intelligence and information sharing between and among federal, state, and local law enforcement and private transportation stakeholders

Mission Area: Protection
Core Capability: Physical Protective Measures
Objective 3: Discuss implementation of physical protective measures by transportation security stakeholders in response to suspicious activity reports and incidents, and the cascading impacts to other transportation modes

Mission Area: Response
Core Capability: Operational Coordination
Objective 4: Assess operational coordination between and among first responders and transportation stakeholders in response to a complex coordinated attack against intermodal locations within Wilmington, DE

Core Capability: Public Information and Warning
Objective 5: Assess transportation stakeholders’ ability to communicate with the public before and during a security incident


Enhancing Transportation Security
The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Intermodal Security Training and Exercise Program (I-STEP) provides exercise, training, and security planning tools and services to the transportation community. The program serves the aviation, maritime, mass transit and passenger rail, freight rail, highway and motor carrier, pipeline, and postal and shipping industries. Working in partnership with the transportation modes, I-STEP enables security partners to:

  • Enhance security capabilities – Participate in and conduct exercises and training that strengthen security plans, test emergency procedures, and sharpen skills in incident management
  • Build partnerships – Collaborate with modal partners, law enforcement personnel, first responders, health and medical professionals, government transportation and homeland security leaders, and industry representatives to address transportation security issues
  • Gain insights in transportation security – Align program needs with federal grant opportunities and gain a deeper understanding of transportation security lessons learned and best practices

The program also builds technology solutions to serve the transportation modes:

The Exercise Information System (EXIS)—portal guides users through a step-by-step exercise planning process and provides a variety of exercise planning and evaluation tools as well as lessons learned and best practices from the user community. Find out more at: https://exis.tsa.dhs.gov