International Counter Terrorism Investigation - Tabletop Exercise - RSIS NTU

Published on 17th July, 2021

  • On Thursday this week, the French National Police in Paris mounted a security operation in order to arrest four suspects believed to be associated to the Islamic State terrorist group.
  • During the event, one of the suspects opened fire on the authorities.
  • In the resulting exchange of fire, two of the suspects were killed and the third seriously injured.
  • One suspect managed to escape.
International Counter Terrorism Investigation - Tabletop Exercise - RSIS NTU

This is first of several communications and investigative feeds passed to the different groups of participants taking part to an international counter-terrorism investigation exercise, organised in July 2021 at Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore.

Protective Intelligence Network instructors proposed the international counter-terrorism investigation tabletop exercise in the frame of the renown "Terrorism Analyst Training Course" (TATC), organised by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

International Counter Terrorism Investigation - Tabletop Exercise - RSIS NTU

Post-incident briefings often confirm that experience gained during tabletop exercises was one of the best way to prepare teams to respond effectively to an emergency.

Exercises organised by Protective Intelligence Network are designed to engage participants and get them working together to manage the response to a hypothetical and complex criminal event.

Tabletop exercises enhance knowledge of plans, allow participants to improve their own performance and think 'out of the box', identifying opportunities to improve their capabilities to respond to real events.


Held since 2008, the TATC is a unique capacity-building and networking opportunity for crime analysts. During TATC, international speakers, counter-terrorism scholars, analysts, and practitioners share ideas and best practices, and are updated on the latest terrorism trends. Numerous law enforcement agencies took part to the 2021 event at Suntec.