Once a quarter, a different
incident will be presented on this web site – either from actual operating
experience, from the news media, or even fictional events.
month's Root-Off addresses the very real, devastating, and mysterious
disaster that occurred September 21, in
Toulouse, France. Included is the New York Times article describing
the incident, along with some photographs to show the
this is a real incident that is under investigation (since we do not
know the causes), this month's Root-Off will be unique. Instead of
showing your investigative results, you are being asked to propose
an investigative approach.
will be competing with your peers to see who gets to LEAD this
Assume that you’ve
just received a telephone call from Toulouse, France.
They’ve heard of your investigative skills, and are considering
you to lead the investigation into the “root causes” of their
massive explosion. Others
are being considered.
this is NOT a terrorist-related event)
If chosen, you will be
given free reign – anything you ask will be given.
Unlimited financial and people resources will be made available. The
government will go to any length to understand the causes of this
event. They want the BEST to lead the investigation.
The decision on who to
hire to lead this investigation will be based on:
“plan of attack, ” including but not limited to:
you will do (and in what order you’ll do it)
deliverables – the “investigative product.”
example of a type of “report” you usually provide.
do you think we should hire you?.
response is due on April 1, 2002.
The ROOT OFF will your PROPOSAL as the means of judging