Perry Center facilitates tabletop exercise to examine Guyana’s crisis response

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Perry Center’s inaugural exercise with Guyana’s senior security and defense sector participants

See below for a statement from the United States Embassy on the Perry Center facilitating an exercise for Guyana Partners: 

Participants at Perry Center’s KRISIS exercise

On July 9, the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies facilitated a role-play tabletop exercise called “KRISIS!” in partnership with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. The Guyana Defence Force hosted the Perry Center’s inaugural exercise for 35 senior security and defense sector participants and observers in Georgetown, Guyana.

“KRISIS!” examines the ability of government (institutions, procedures, personnel, protocols, legal frameworks, etc.) to respond to crises and disasters. Exercising crisis response allows participants to diagnose problems, identify gaps, and employ potential corrective measures. The Perry Center designed and facilitated the simulated exercise, which employs multiple disaster and crisis response scenarios – both natural and human-made – complemented with focus areas such as mission analysis, strategy development, and strategic communication.

In opening remarks, Perry Center Director Dr. Paul J. Angelo noted the exercise “was developed to address the need to frequently review and revise decision-making processes and procedures to enable effective and rapid response in ever-changing landscapes.” Dr. Angelo added that “its application is not limited to crisis response but will inform and improve steady-state decision-making. The fact that Guyana and our partners in the Guyana Defence Force have offered to host our first-ever KRISIS! exercise speaks volumes about the level of trust we have built over the past 27 years with Guyana. We are honored and proud to be here.”

The Perry Center has a strong, collaborative relationship with partners in Guyana. Dr. Angelo also met with institutional partners to discuss ongoing and future collaborative efforts. Dr. Angelo’s visit builds upon his previous March visit to present the William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education to the University of Guyana in recognition of the University’s Master of Science in Strategic Development Studies program. Distinguished Perry Center alum President Irfaan Ali participated in the March ceremony, and in two Perry Center-hosted forums in Washington, D.C.


About The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies: The Perry Center supports the community of security and defense professionals in the Americas to pursue collaborative approaches to mutual opportunities and challenges.

Through academics, research, and outreach, including ministerial-level consulting, we advance sustainable institutional capacity, strengthen the rule of law and democracy, and promote a greater understanding of US policy throughout the Western Hemisphere. Located at the National Defense University, the Perry Center is a US Department of Defense regional center for strategic studies.