An exercise led and managed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security that had a “raising awareness” aim of pushing the security people to see possibilities, where “We [i.e. the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security] intended to show how leaders in public health, politics, law, diplomacy, defense, homeland security, and intelligence all need to work together to solve some of the problems a pandemic will cause” was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC.
The participants included the CIA and deep state operatives, concluded that national and global health security should be “a higher priority for both the National Security Council and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as for the agencies responsible for national security policy and diplomacy (eg, Department of Defense, Department of State and the intelligence community”. The exercise has many similarities with the reaction to the 2020 Covid-19 situation.
The exercise was meant to simulate the potentially devastating consequences of pandemics, as well as the advent of tools in synthetic biology that could be used to engineer dangerous pathogens and could either accidentally or intentionally spark a pandemic. The stated objective of Clade X was to shine light on policy solutions.