Spring has sprung! The last few weeks have been busy for TIDES. The PEAK JCTD project began in March, we continued follow-up work on the Haiti earthquake response, and we added more infrastructure-related substance to the website. Additionally, TIDES is helping to frame a "Grand Challenge" to enhance the nation's disaster preparedness (read more below).
Also, we've got a lot of events scheduled over the next few months including: AFCEA Joint Warfighting (May), Aid & International Development Forum (July), and our annual outdoor demonstration at Fort McNair (October). Be sure to check the website for news and updates!
Assistance Kits (PEAK)
PEAK is a Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) project that began in March 2010.
The project is sponsored by US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and the goal is to help build partner nation capacity by delivering kits with water purification, power generation and tools to gather and share situational awareness. The Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at National Defense University (NDU) will serve as the Technical Manager of the project. TIDES supports PEAK with research and information sharing, but TIDES is not part of PEAK.
From Haiti to Helmand: Using Open Source Information to Enhance Situational Awareness and Operational Effectiveness
Open source information and distributed collaboration played a significant role in Haitian earthquake relief. This paper explores how distributed collaborative approaches from Haiti could be applied in Afghanistan, and describes some Afghan information-sharing initiatives.
To read more please visit: http://www.star-tides.net/node/641
"Information Platform" Grand Challenge
TIDES has been requested by senior government officials to help frame a "Grand Challenge" related to the development of an information platform that would enhance the nation's disaster preparedness by enabling the restoration of information sharing capabilities to the American people quickly after a natural or man-made disaster. The concept started out focused on post-disaster service restoration, but the overwhelming sense of the inputs has been that the nation should emphasize resilience--before, during, and immediately after a disaster.
Check out the updated Infrastructure Directory!
You may have noticed some changes to the TIDES website. We recently updated the infrastructure directory, adding new companies and organizations to the greater STAR-TIDES network.
Joining the TIDES network is simple and it's a great way to share research and connect with other likeminded groups and individuals. If you would like to get your company/organization added to the directory please visit: http://www.star-tides.net/infrastructure