Issue No. 38
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
TIDES participates in
RELIEF 13-3;Camp Roberts, CA 
5-9 Aug 2013
For more information, contact Sam Bendett at samuel.bendett@ndu.edu
TIDES is hosting the
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7th Annual TIDES Technology Demonstration
Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C
October 1 to 4, 2013
David Becker, Director of TIDES, will be exhibiting the "Humanitarian Exchange Language (HXL): Improving Patient Data Access in Disasters" at
Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center
Washington, DC
September 17-18, 2013. 
For more info about HXL click here!
TIDES is exhibiting at
October 28-29, 2013 
Congratulations are in order!
Congratulations to Phil Stockdale for winning the Joint Capability Technology Demonstrations Program 2013 Team of the Year
his efforts with the PEAK Program!  PEAK™ is a self-contained,renewably-powered system providing portable water purification, communications, power and situational awareness capabilities.  Built into a standard ISU-60 container, PEAK can provide services to local responders and populace in support of a wide variety of missions including humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) and operations in remote areas.

For more information about the Pre-Positioned Expeditionary Assistance Kits (PEAK), click here!    


New Publications 

The Center for Technology & National Security Policy has just published a number of publications; check them out at the new CTNSP Website!  

Make sure to read:   


Defense Horizons 75, Valued Sustainable Services: Building Partnership Capacity Through Collaborating Approaches


Defense Horizons 76,  Sharing to Succeed: Lessons from Open Information Sharing Projects in Afghanistan 

Cameroonian Fons Council Looking for Partners in Infrastructure Development
Interested in introducing your technology to Africa, but don't know where to start?  The Cameroonian Fons Council and Delta Bridge are currently looking for companies wanting to bring infrastructure improvement to their home communities. If interested,contact Nelly Mobula, nelly.mobula@ndu.edu

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Click here to check out last year's TIDES Technology Field Demonstration VIDEO!
Oct 1-4, 2013  

Ft. McNair, Washington, D.C. 


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


The TIDES Technology Field Demo hosts a myriad of humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, stabilization and reconstruction technologies and ideas that showcase latest private sector (business, not-for-profit, and academic) achievements in providing shelter, power, water, sanitation, lighting, heating & cooling, cooking and information communication solutions.  This is a free event,  and we provide tables and chairs for exhibitors (though transportation and lodging costs are at one's own expense). All activities will be outside (rain or shine), independent of the power grid, and communications will be live! 

Register today to exhibit or visit at: www.tidesdemo13.eventbrite.com 
For more information,contact Amy Gorman at amy.gorman.ctr@ndu.edu 
Fall Internship Announcement- Interns wanted!
We are currently seeking interns with strong research/writing skills and interest in the following areas:


- Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (Domestic and Foreign)

- Defense policy

- International development

- Peacekeeping operations


Interns will have the opportunity to assist with TIDES research and outreach, attend conferences and develop personal academic interests. Responsibilities include research assistance, event support, editorial and publication assistance, and contact management. Interns must be able to work independently and multi-task efficiently with minimal supervision. Interested applicants should contact Lou Elin Dwyer at louelin.dwyer@ndu.edu 

Mobile Technology's Role in Natural Disasters and Public Safety Preparedness/Response- Brookings Event

(by Nick Chiosie) On Tuesday July 16, 2013 The Brookings Institute Center for Technology Innovation hosted a discussion on mobile technology's developing role in role in disaster response.Click here for the webcast. 

Governments are becoming more prolific in using mobile technologies before, during and after a disaster strikes. It is estimated that there are 6 billion mobile phone users and governments are attempting to reach them with public safety announcements about disasters that occur; both natural and man-made. It is fast becoming a method of informing the public to take shelter, stay indoors, be on the lookout for flash-floods, and other situations where time is of the essence.

The most important take-away is that redundancy plans mitigate the slowing of information to disaster responders and affected individuals, hopefully saving time and lives in the process.  

Another critical lesson was the ability to learn from mistakes and to shore up those failings for the next disaster. James Barnett stated, "At Virginia Tech we saw students who were trying to be quiet, trying to get help, texting 911 and at that time those texts went nowhere. Now we're on the road to making sure that those can be received and handled by the 911 call centers".   

As critical as technology is becoming in disaster preparedness and response the speakers agreed that it is a tool but should not replace other more "traditional" forms of communication. Adding that phones are a great way to transmit information quickly to large group of people but those without cell phones should not have to suffer because of it. To read more, click here.  

TIDES participates in DHS sponsored "Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships Conference"
(By Amy Gorman) On 30-31 July, members of the TIDES team attended the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and NORTHCOM sponsored, "2013 Building Resilience through Public-Private Partnerships Conference."  Attended by people from all over the federal, state, and local governments, NGOs, private companies, and citizens, this conference explored ways to incorporate public-private partnerships to address the physical and digital infrastructures as it relates to disasters and development.

The biggest take-away's include: National levels need to distill best practices and cost cutting issues, issue laws and regulations that are not too specific to be able to change with the changing times and requirements, and build trust over time.  All partnerships should have (1) a clear set of goals, outcomes, and milestones, (2) an understanding of interests at play, (3) robust communication, (4) leadership involvement, (5) appropriate membership, and (6) trust.  Read more
Open Source Information Sharing and indigenous ISR in Africa


The spread of militant groups and illicit networks, disaster and crisis response have prompted the US and other partner nations to step up their intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) activities in Africa.Effective and efficient ISR technology has  been recognized to be a key component of providing information that would help mitigate suffering to civilians. Civilians are constantly under physical threat brought on by: drought, natural disasters, food insecurity and terrorism.  ISR activities in Africa are carried out by the US, the EU, African military, African regional organizations and private military contractors.

The Center for Technology and National Security Policy "Open Source Information Sharing and Indigenous ISR in Africa" forum to be held later on this year at the National Defense University is a unique opportunity that will address the pressing issues of today and in the future concerning indigenous information sharing and open source technology in the context of sustainable ISR in Africa.  The forum will bring together subject matter experts from the US and Africa intelligence community, academics, students and ISR technology developers to panel discussions across four key areas:
  • Role of intelligence in human security
  • Developing effective institutions
  • Open versus secret intelligence
  • Role of information sharing & open source technology to predict and mitigate instability and conflict In Africa

The forum culminates with a rigorous action plan workshop facilitated by a Human-Centered Design expert aimed at creating new  solutions  emanating from the needs, dreams, and expectations of the workshop participants.  To read entire article, click here (For more information, contact Nelly Mobula, nelly.mobula@ndu.edu) 



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