JULY 2013
Issue No. 37
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7th Annual TIDES Technology Demonstration 

Oct 2-5, 2013  

Ft. McNair Washington, D.C.,  


Come see innovators, NGOs, & universities demonstrate their solutions!  


Register today to exhibit or visit at: www.tidesdemo13.eventbrite.com
For more information,contact Amy Gorman at amy.gorman.ctr@ndu.edu
TIDES is exhbiting at
August 5 - 6, 2013 


Reserve your seat now!

For more information: www.leadershipforum.us/energy-leadership 

Contact us: info@leadershipforum.us 

TIDES will be participating in
RELIEF 13-13
Camp Roberts, CA
5-9 Aug 2013


To participate visit www.npsrelief.org ; Whitepapers must be submitted to the Naval Postgraduate School no later than July 1, 2013. Contact Tristan Allen, Research Assistant at the Naval Post Graduate School at 831-704-6542 with any questions.

RELIEF (Research & Experimentation for Local & International Emergency First Responders) www.npsrelief.org

For more information, contact Sam Bendett at samuel.bendett@ndu.edu
TIDES Exhibits at Inmarsat Government Workshop 2013 Forum at Pentagon City

On 26-27 Jun, TIDES exhibited at the Inmarsat Government Workshop 2013 Forum at Pentagon City, Arlington, VA.  We would like to thank Wes Gasper and all of Inmarsat Government for giving us the opportunity to exhibit, participate in the discussions and meet a number of interesting information communication companies!

Disaster Apps- Do you know of any?

 While programmers have developed numerous disaster applications, finding and using the applications during or just prior to a crisis can pose seemingly insurmountable challenges. STAR-TIDES is working to compile a list of these disaster applications so that they can be more easily accessible to the public and crisis responders. If you are aware of any mobile, web-based or SMS applications that could be useful in a post-disaster environment, please feel free to share them with us, particularly in applications designed/ used internationally. Please contact David Becker at david.becker@ndu.edu with comments or assistance. Thank you for your assistance! For a list of the apps we have already found, click here!

Disaster Communications: Humanitarian Exchange Language
 Out of the chaos of the Haitian earthquake, there is a new effort to better coordinate humanitarian efforts in future large disasters. The UN has proposed a simple and cheap way to improve data exchange with governments, UN agencies, and hundreds of non-governmental organizations working in the field of disaster response and reconstruction. Elaborate and expensive software or hardware solutions do not appeal to most NGOs so the UN has begun implementing a new standard data exchange protocol (Humanitarian Exchange Language - HXL) that will improve response times and coordination in crises, without imposing new time and personnel costs on others or requiring new software systems.  Read More.
For more information, contact Nelly Mobula at nelly.mobula@ndu.edu and visit http://hxl.humanitarianresponse.info/
Cameroonian Fons Council Looking for Partners in Infrastructure Development
Are you interested in introducing your technology to Africa, but don't know where to start?  The Cameroonian Fons Council and Delta Bridge have linked up and are currently looking for companies who want to bring infrastructure improvement to their home communities. 
If interested, please contact Nelly Mobula, nelly.mobula@ndu.edu


NW Fons Council Homepage

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Click here to see TIDES make an appearance at the 2013 AIDF Washington D.C Conference!

Happy Independence Day!  This month, TIDES has been lucky enough to share in celebrating Dr. Wells in 50 years of service to the U.S. federal government!  We also hosted numerous engagements at National Defense University.  We continue to plan for the 7th Annual TIDES Technology Demo so if you are interested in exhibiting or attending, please register at www.tidesdemo13.eventbrite.com
Sitting Down with Dr. Lin Wells- Reflections on 50 Years of Federal Service
(By Nick Chiosie)- I recently sat down with Dr. Linton Wells and we discussed his 50 years of federal service. We talked about his initial interest and finally decision to join the Navy as well as fond memories during his tenure as a Naval Officer. He also shared his thoughts on the TIDES program and from its small beginnings, the start of the STAR-TIDES Network partnerships and detailing what the future holds for the program. For the complete interview, CLICK HERE!  

This month, National Defense University honored Dr. Lin Wells, Founder of TIDES, for his 50 years of service.  Major General Gregory Martin, NDU President, gave a wonderful speech noting Dr. Wells' incredible energy, tenacity, creativity, foresight and kindness.  In addition to his
colleagues and long time friends,
the event was attended by his wife, Linda, his sons and daughter-in-laws, and his first grandson of 3 months!  
Click here to see all the pictures of the event!

IARPA Social Media & Open Source Indicators Projects

(by Nick Chiosie) On 28 June, the Center for Technology an National Security Policy (CTNSP), hosted Jason Matheny from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a United States research agency under the Director of National Intelligence's responsibility.   


Jason Matheny, a program manager at IARPA, discussed two initiatives focused on social media and open source indicators to enhance a decision maker's situational awareness in near real-time. This will hopefully create an environment that will enable commanders and local authorities use their limited resources more effectively during a crisis.Open Source Indicators (OSI) centers on automated analysis of publicly available data to anticipate and/or detect societal events; civil unrest, economic crisis, disease outbreaks, etc.  Aggregative Contingent Estimation (ACE) focuses on conditional forecasts that determines what the probability a crisis will occur if correlating events transpire. It is the hope that this project will lead to increased situational awareness of commanders and local authorities so they can use specific information to mitigate damage and avert crisis in the future. Click Here to Read More 
Skip Vincent Discusses Building Relationships on his Recent Engagement in Burma
(by Dora Mugerwa) On 14 June 2013, CTNSP and TIDES members hosted Edwin A. (Skip) Vincent, Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.), Chairman of Soft Power Solutions, LLC, to present on his recent trip to Burma (also known at Myanmar).

The group traveled to Burma to develop Shaping Operations for PACOM (U.S. Pacific Command), using a whole of society approach to build partner capacity between Burma and the U.S. by determining the needs of the local community (focusing the Mon State, and administrative division of Burma) in accordance with the US military strategy. His team built numerous relationships with groups such as the Burmese government, the Governor of the Mon State & Cabinet, Myanmar Peace Centre, villages/communities, and key leaders like Naing Winn, the President of Socio-Lite Foundation. Brig Gen Vincent emphasized that it is crucial to manage the relationships before managing the issues when engaging with a community in need. Though barriers still exist, the Burmese are eager for U.S. engagement. Ultimately, engagements with countries like Burma need broader agendas and systematic thinking to effectively ensure long-term stability and security within and between nations.To read more, CLICK HERE.
TIDES Hosts Patrick Meier on Crowdsourcing During Disasters
(By Sam Bendett & Nick Chiosie) On 20 June 2013, the TIDES Project at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP), National Defense University, hosted Dr. Patrick Meier, Director or Social Innovation at the Qatar Computing Research Institution (QCRI) for a discussion on crowdsourcing information during natural and man-made disasters, as well as on the evolution of open-source, unclassified humanitarian technologies for disaster relief and emergency response. This discussion was geared towards NDU faculty and staff, addressing the following CTNSP Mission criteria:
* Educating DoD workforce and policy makers on the emerging challenges related to technology, including open source information sharing platforms during disasters & emergencies.

* Supporting civil-military affairs integration, which includes exploration of new/existing technologies, policies and practices for interagency, intergovernmental cooperation.
To read more, CLICK HERE! 
TIDES & the Africa Center hosts "Learning from the Octopus" with Rafe Sagarin
by Dora Mugerwa and Amy Gorman)

On 12 June 2013, tCTNSP and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) teamed up to host a Brown Bag with Dr. Rafe Sagarin from the Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona. Rafe Sagarin, a marine ecologist and environmental policy analyst with a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (University of California). The work he shared specifically involved how to implement biology and its adaptable systems in a Mission and Command context, answering the overarching question, What can we learn from nature about how to be adaptable? As "biology is all about living with risk, in an unpredictable world", Dr. Sagarin emphasized 5 actions (Observe & Respond, Communicate, Identity/Identify, Expand, and Iterate) that occur in nature and how the Department of Defense can incorporate in its working environment.   

To read more, CLICK HERE 



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