Following the attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States faced a new existential threat. The national security community contacted our team to infuse strategic creativity and unconventional threat analysis to their analytic products. We convened the Entertainment Industry Task Force, a group of creative arts professionals, among them writers, produces and directors to discreetly help envision the future.
Our Mission: To develop innovative tools and strategies to better predict and prevent terrorist attacks. In collaboration with multiple departments and agencies our team conducted immersive ideation sessions to help analysts break from conventional methodologies to more effectively anticipate and thwart evolving future threats. We continue this work to this day…
Director of National Intelligence
The U.S. Intelligence Community sought to train their analysts to think in more creative and unconventional ways in order to better predict and prevent unanticipated terrorist attacks. RL Leaders developed the Applied Creative Thinking (ACT) curriculum to convene talented creative minds from the entertainment industry in alternative analysis panels focused on identifying new threats and targets of attack extrapolated from past terrorist patterns. The panels also led to longitudinal studies examining terrorist media, how to create effective counter-messaging, and the use of gaming technology in terrorist planning and communications. This work continued with The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) and other Intelligence Community agencies in an effort to train their analysts to more effectively anticipate and thwart evolving future threats.
DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O) contracted our team to help forecast the evolution of human-computer and human-data interaction. We assembled a series of three panels convening technologists, futurists, game developers, and entertainment industry professionals identifying the emerging technologies and the psychological implications of the changing ways humans are engaging with the technology.
Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization
SIE Battle Drill - Most military training games are “on rails.” If you do A, then B and C occur. But life doesn’t work that way. Reality is off rails with random and unpredictable occurrences. It is with that in mind that we were tasked to build a real life digital role playing game. Our team designed, developed and to this day continues to provide the operation of the Strategic Interplay Exploration (SIE) for the Department of Defense. This cutting-edge system enables participants to actively and realistically immerse themselves in numerous real life scenarios, replacing legacy paper and pencil tabletop exercises.
Sotera Defense Solutions
Battlefield Illusion - In an effort to develop strategic and tactical advantages on the battlefield, our team was contracted by the national security community to ideate on potential battlefield illusion technologies and strategies via a potent mix of video-game developers, filmmakers, sound designers, neuroscientists and AR/VR technologists. The development and vetting of existing and future technologies proved crucial in providing innovative tools and systems that could be scaled across diverse use-case scenarios and battlefield conditions, empowering both ground and cyber operations for greater efficacy.
Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization
IED Battle Drill - JIDO engaged our team to develop a training solution that would improve vehicle crew situational awareness and counter-I.E.D. performance. We convened experts across technology, military, and creative industries to examine why the current training was ineffective and to design an improved process. Because emotionally compelling events imbed in a person’s “fight or flight” system, we developed a simulation that immerses soldiers in a realistic convoy situation, training them to identify I.E.D. threats who experience the physical sensations of an actual I.E.D. explosion.This immersive training simulation was deployed across multiple military bases, having trained thousands of troops, preparing them for the unpredictable threats of IEDs on the battlefield, and inevitably saving countless lives.
National Counterterrorism Center
The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) contracted our team to develop Red Cell tactical training exercises in which participants were tasked with planning and executing mock terrorist attacks on specific targets. These exercises were designed to evaluate the performance of government participants, identify vulnerabilities for key sites in major U.S. cities, and display the advantages of multi-disciplinary thinking for field operations.
Department of Defense
GCIT (Computer Generated Integration Toolkit) - The U.S. Army commissioned our team to develop a system that would integrate rapid updates and customization of video training products featuring real-time intelligence. A streamlined user-experience was developed to recreate and manipulate battlefield conditions with an integrated toolkit of assets that would appear in training simulations. An immersive protocol that increases situational awareness , route planning, and tactical mobility.
Brain Aneurysm Foundation
RL leaders and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation collaborated in order to elevate the BAF brand through developing strategies for media awareness, building regional operations, partnering with international organizations, corporate collaboration, attracting investors, building up venture philanthropy, and developing research goals. An essential part of research goals is raising awareness to the public, politicians, and medical professionals... where is were RL Leaders entered the fray to develop fresh insights and innovative approaches to the non-profit space. BAF, in collaboration with RL Leaders’ immersive DISCOVERY panel, brought to life “The Stop the Pop Campaign” to promote early detection of brain aneurysm through raising awareness of the signs, symptoms, and risk factors. This campaign has already garnered incredible attention nationwide, onboarding multiple donor-ambassadors, as well as inspiring countless survivors, activists, and influencers to lean-in on sharing stories, content, and more.
CVE World Save Fund
The CVE World Save Fund sees the answer to terrorism on the micro-level: developing stability through targeting logistically critical structures with a long term commitment to change. RL Leaders brought together top minds from the financial, entertainment, government, and military sectors to bring diverse viewpoints into establishing the World Save Fund Series. The experts were broken into two teams. First, a clear definition of what terrorism is was established. Second, team exercises were conducted to get a panoramic view of the causes and problems of violent extremism. The last day ended with the development of an action plan which lead to the creation of the Anti-Terrorism Impact Index, to determine which companies the WorldSave Fund would invest in. RL Leaders, in collaboration with the World Save Fund, developed an innovative approach to directly change the lives of people living in affected regions, not just funnel money into government with little results.
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