Europe—Terrorists have simultaneously struck seven different places across Europe. What do you do?

That was the scenario for the ATLAS COMMON CHALLENGE 2018. Involving over 1,000 operators, this was Europe’s largest law enforcement SOF exercise to date. It took place 9-10 October.

Coordinated by the ATLAS network, which was launched after the 9/11 attacks to provide EU member states and close partners with a common response mechanism and to facilitate coordination and interoperability between police forces, and Europol. The exercise included 38 participant units, and the cream of the crop of Europe’s SOF units (GSG-9, RAID, EKAM, GIGN, etc).

There were seven different scenarios: