Critical Infrastructure
Protection with a twist

- A multi-prong attack is poised to occur in San Luis Rey. Can your prevention strategies stop it before it's too late?

CLIENT: Center for Homeland Defense and Security
PROJECT: San Luis Rey Scenario for Critical Infrastructure Protection

Teleologic developed a set of scenario-based problems for the fictional jurisdiction of San Luis Rey. In this case, learners applied their learning of homeland security and critical infrastructure protection to try to prevent a multi-prong terrorist attack involving various vulnerabilities of the transportation and power sectors.

The client's market included medium to high level homeland security professionals seeking a master's degree in Homeland Security through the Naval Postgraduate School and sponsored by the Office for Domestic Preparedness. Content provided by subject-matter experts was supported by on-line activities, discussions, and application in scenario- based challenges set in San Luis Rey.

Business Challenges

A need for the development of a cadre of strategic thinkers and homeland security leadership experts emerged after 9/11. The Center for Homeland Defense and Security wanted to distinguish itself from others seeking to provide master's level education in this emerging field.

How could Teleologic use its network-based learning expertise to help the client differentiate its program from others in a meaningful way?

The CHDS learners were already highly educated and successful in their homeland security related fields. The challenge was in having them apply policy and leadership skills in a meaningful and effective learning context.

How could Teleologic build in realistic opportunities for these highly educated homeland security professionals to apply leadership skills and strategic thinking in this case, specifically about critical infrastructure protection?

Teleologic Solutions

The Teleologic team worked closely with the client to create a strategic approach to their part in-residence and part online curriculum. Working in this emerging and often political discipline required a thorough understanding of the client's context and the needs of the client, the client's learners, and the client's funders.

Purposeful: What is the client trying to achieve?

  • Create an effective online learning environment component for homeland security leadership development.
  • Distinguish itself as a provider of graduate homeland security education

Learner-centric: How will the learners' needs be addressed?

  • Scenario-based application of learning and policy level thinking.
  • Engage learners through the use of multimedia and narrative so that the story is affective and personally compelling.
  • Make the problem (terrorist attack on critical infrastructure) relevant and realistic.

Visually Meaningful: How does the graphic identity and supporting visual elements support the purpose?

  • The scenario narrative called for three simultaneous story-lines, all of which provided large amounts of crucial on-screen content. A simple but effective layout allowed for a logical, functional separation of the content while establishing an understood chronology for the scenario narrative.
  • Electric theme reinforces concepts of Critical Infrastructure Protection.
  • Game-like interface to encourage engagement.
  • Realistic audio and photographic imagery for enhanced realism.

Technologically Appropriate: How can technology be used appropriately to achieve the client's outcomes?

  • A blend of multimedia elements including animation, user interaction, photo and schematic imagery, and audio elements, to create a complete "experience" in a relatively low-bandwidth package.