February Newsletter


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Humanitarian Assistance Wargaming
AFCEA West 13 Highlights
Update on Old Fangkak Medical Clinic
CHB Tech Center Event Highlights

Feb 11-15, 2013 
Quarterly Field Experiment 
Camp Roberts, CA
8 March 2013
Tech@State: Internet Freedom
Washington, DC
March 20, 2013
TIDES African Working Group Meetup
Washington, DC


May, 14-16, 2013
 AFCEA Joint Warfighting
 VA Beach, VA 
May 15, 2013
TIDES Meetup
VA Beach, VA
Contact Amy Gorman
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Greetings! This issue includes a call for your humanitarian assistance gaming ideas, an update on the medical clinic in Old Fangak, South Sudan (spoiler alert: they got the power!!!), an article on our STAR-TIDES exhibit at AFCEA West in San Diego, and details from our most recent exhibit with CHB Infrastructure Technology & Marketing Group in Dulles, VA.  Enjoy!
Humanitarian Assistance Wargaming- do you have an idea for a game?

TIDES is drafting a proposal for a simulation/game for responders and policy makers based on a large disaster crisis response effort. At an NDU sponsored conference in August 2012 over 100 game designers from the military, intelligence community, private sector, and NGOs spent several hours in workshops and came to a remarkable consensus on design elements. The game would ideally introduce players to the different perspectives of organizations and actors in a disaster response, some of the constraints of responders and the hard choices that have to be made. A boardgame would be easily customizable for different audiences and would encourage the right intergroup dynamics. Later, if desired, it could be converted to a digital simulation version.


Our request to the net: STAR TIDES would like to know of other games that have been done around disaster response and recovery, to learn from them. We would also like suggestions on sources of funding for this effort, not only for development and testing but also for rolling it out to different audiences such as military, NGOs and international organizations.  Please send an e mail to david.becker@ndu.edu with comments or suggestions.

Highlights from AFCEA West in San Diego and First TIDES Meetup! 

AFCEA WestSTAR-TIDES affiliated companies and NGOs from around the country exhibited with TIDES at AFCEA West from 29-31 January.  Exhibitors included those with power, water, shelter, communications and crowd sourcing technologies, and disaster response sustainable technologies to support the joint warfighter.



This year's experience at AFCEA West generated significant interest and created opportunities to carry the TIDES research project forward.  In addition to generating the attention of all the military services who visited, through the exhibit and the FIRST EVER TIDES MEETUP, our members and interested visitors to include Planetary Power, formed and strengthened invaluable partnerships within the network that will help in future engagements.




We will also exhibit at:


AFCEA/U.S. Naval Institute East - Joint Warfighting Conference 2013 from 14-16 May in Virginia Beach.  Contact Amy Gorman, amy.gorman.ctr@ndu.edu if you are interested!

"Lights! Power!": Update from the Medical Clinic at Old Fangkak, South Sudan


A highly anticipated and joyful message of "Lights!  Power!" came on 23 Feb 2013 from Jason Hahn, Program Director for the Alaska Sudan Medical Project (ASMP) concerning medical clinic that burned down this December and was in desperate need of power and medical supplies. Below are some of the before and after pictures.

old fangak  


Special thanks go to the efforts of the ASMP, TIDES Ethical Advisor, John Francis; Samaritans Purse, an international relief organization who donated and delivered medical supplies; Solar Stick who donated customized solar equipment for the group; DHL Global who transported the solar equipment free of charge, and United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) who was instrumental in helping think through logistics and transportation of the endeavor. Overall, this effort highlights the importance of partnerships and the value of reach-back support. 


TIDES Exhibits at the CHB Washington Dulles Tech Center Special Event
From 18-21 Feb 2013, TIDES participated in the CHB Tech Center Kick Off Event, www.chb-tech.com. The CHB-Infrastructure Technology and Marketing Group will be setting up the CHB Tech Center that will provide an opportunity for companies in the following areas to exhibit their technologies and ideas on permanant display located just minutes from Dulles Airport: Infrastructure, Equipment, Technology & Services for Contingency Field Operations, Emergencies, Disasters, Continuity of Operations & Sustainable Development (Including Security Systems-Physical & Cyber)  


This kick off event to allowed for companies and visitors go get first hand exposure to the future permenant CHB Center.  Happy to be a part of this kick off event, the TIDES team spoke to many exhibitors and visitors alike, of note, the FEMA Annual Response Preparedness Team.'


If you are interested in finding out more about displaying with CHB-Infrastructure Technology and Marketing Group, please contact Charles H. Botwick, CHB ITMG LLC President at charles.botwick@chb-tech.com 
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