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Clade X Exercise

The Center is hosting a health security tabletop exercise in Washington, D.C., in May 2018. The goal of this exercise (“Clade X”) is to illustrate high-level strategic decisions and policies that the United States and the world will need to pursue in order to diminish the consequences of a severe pandemic. It will address a pressing current concern, present plausible solutions, and be experientially engaging.

Clade X is designed for national decision-makers in the thematic biosecurity tradition of the Center’s two previous exercises, Dark Winter (2001) and Atlantic Storm (2005). The day-long exercise will simulate a series of Cabinet meetings among prominent players who previously occupied similar leadership positions in past Presidential administrations. Players will be presented with a scenario that highlights unresolved real-world policy issues that could be solved with sufficient political will and attention now and into the future.

Lessons learned from Clade X will be shared broadly to raise awareness of key pandemic prevention and response challenges.

Project team leads: Eric Toner, MD; Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH

Project team: Tom Inglesby, MD; Anita Cicero, JD; Randy Larsen USAF (retired); Matthew Shearer, MPH; Crystal Watson, DrPH, MPH; Diane Meyer, RN, MPH; Caitlin Rivers, PhD, MPH; Chris Hurtado, MHS

Project supported by: Open Philanthropy Project