DECEMBER Issue No. 51
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Upcoming Events

11-14 Feb 2014  
San Diego Convention Center 
Would you like to exhibit with STAR-TIDES at AFCEA West 2014? 
Contact Amy Gorman, amy.gorman@ndu.edu.   

WEST 2014 is co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, both non-profit, non-lobbying membership associations. Registration is free for military and government.

CTNSP Brownbag Discussions
Every other Wednesday, CTNSP holds a brown bag session at National Defense University where speakers are given the opportunity to present their research to interested audiences.  These sessions allow speakers to obtain outside perspectives on their research and find new people to collaborate with.  


If you would like to present your research please contact Nelly Mobula nelly.mobula@ndu.edu with your top two choices for when you would like to present

Quick Links
New Publications 




The Future Can't Wait (USAID, Sept 2013)- Interested in future development challenges? Please check out The Future Can't Wait, a pub that we worked on with our friends at The US Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State and Woodrow Wilson Center. Dr. Wells and CTNSP Senior Research Fellow, Neyla Arnas were contributors.



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  


Defense Horizons 73: Toward the Printed World: Additive Manufacturing and Implications for National Security.     



For additional publications, please visit The Center for Technology & National Security Policy website.



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December has been off to a busy start! This month we reached over 1000 Twitter followers! (Please follow us @STAR_TIDES) As we get ready to move into 2014 let's take a look back at a few highlights from this past year. 
  • Hosted the largest and most successful STAR-TIDES demos to date with over 60 exhibitors and 700 visitors!
  • Worked through the STAR-TIDES network to support relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines.
  • Participated in over 10 demos and displays to showcase low-cost technology solutions. 
  • Launched our new website (www.star-tides.net)
  • Organized our first ever TIDES Meet-Up at the Ghana Cafe in Washington, D.C.  

In addition to this, the TIDES team celebrated two marriages and honored Dr. Wells' 50 years of federal service. It has been an exciting year and we look forward to what awaits in 2014! 

Disasters, We Need Advice!
Red Cross AppsThe Center for Technology and National Security Policy is proposing a Disaster Apps Challenge to help identify and judge the best existing Disaster Apps on the market. For background, we published an article on the proliferation of disaster apps (click here to read article) and have links to apps and articles about apps on our website. As part of this challenge we plan to host a series of hackathons to help participants improve their apps along the way. We are requesting professional expertise from the network on what makes a good disaster app. If you would like to participate in the design and criteria selection of the competition or just want to give us a suggestion, please contact Nelly Mobula at nelly.mobula@ndu.edu.  
Lego League Students Visit NDU  


FLL Pi Storm @ NDU
Earlier this month, TIDES hosted a group of First Lego League (FLL) students (also known as Team Pi-Storm) from Reston, VA.  First Lego League is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds to get them excited about science and technology innovation. We met Pi Storm last month at The Marian Koshland Science Museum's Community Resilience event. We were so impressed by the group that we invited them to brief some of our colleagues at NDU on their community resilience project.  This year's FLL challenge focused on natures fury. Pi Storm created a
concept for a kinetic watch that converts body heat and energy into power to help families in the wake of a disaster or emergency.
To learn more about Pi Storm's App click here or visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appbuilder.u454864p715215&hl=en  
Old Fangak One Year Later 

By Jason Hahn, Alaska Sudan Medical Project (ASMP) 


Arrival of Samaritans Purse Supplies in Old Fangak
Arrival of Samaritan's Purse Supplies in Old Fangak
It was two days before Christmas in 2012, and the new clinic under construction by Alaska Sudan medical Project (ASMP)  was almost finished. In a matter of several hours, the team almost watched this dream evaporate as a fire engulfed the clinic. Almost half the building was destroyed. However, hope was quickly revived by our friends at TIDES. The TIDES team sent out a note to the global STAR-TIDES network and members were quick to respond. Samaritan's Purse donated a year's supply of medical equipment. The supplies arrived in early January 2013 and we unpacked some of the IV fluids for immediate use.  Solar Stik donated a kit to replace the power system that was lost. The kit arrived in March 2013 via DHL Humanitarian Cargo program. The system was quickly installed by solar engineer Greg Greenman from Portland, and ASMP Program Manager David Kapla. The system is currently powering the new and old clinic. The facility operates during the early morning and evening hours (due to the heat), and power is vital to Dr. Jill Seamen and her staff. In addition to lights, the system has powered microscopes, lab testing equipment, surgical equipment including autoclave, and a portable ultra sound.
Solar Stik panels in Old Fangak The completed new clinic is an "unimaginable source of pride" to the community. Shortly after the lights were turned on, a local worker commented "We are like Khartoum now!" (Khartoum is a modern city of 8 million in north Sudan). Another long-time African logistics officer named Amos noted: "There is no system like this south of the Sahara." The solar panels and exterior apparatus have endured a full season, including the heavy rains and dry high heat season, with flying colors. The battery bank is performing well. The portable Extender Paks have also allowed staff and volunteers to charge computers, cameras, phones, fans and medical equipment.The simple fact that Dr. Jill has a reliable source of lights during the night time has been a game changer. Previously the majority of medical work was done at work with headlamps. Now, more serious diagnostic and laboratory work can be done during these important night hours. For emergency situation where an important lab test or ultra-sound is needed at night, these tests can now be done! In general, a more modern and clean clinic has brought a higher level of professionalism and care to this very needy region.

To learn more about the STAR-TIDES network's response to Old Fangak please click here or visit http://star-tides.net/sites/default/files/Tides%20support%20to%20Old%20Fangak.pdf  Special thanks to DHL Global, National Geographic, Samaritans Purse, Solar Stik,  Jayson Southworth, John Crowley, John Francis, Jon Waterhouse and all the other STAR-TIDES members that assisted with this request,  
TIDES Hits the Road!

We are looking into the possibility of taking TIDES on the road this upcoming spring. The TIDES Roadshow would allow us to expose DoD to some of the low-cost sustainable technology solutions that support the joint warfighter.  If the event is approved, we would transport the technologies in a large trailer to various DoD facilities across the East Coast. Specifically we are looking for TIDES-related items for demonstration and display. While nothing has been confirmed, we are interested to see which organizations are interested in participating.Interested vendors should contact Lou Elin Dwyer (louelin.dwyer@ndu.edu, 202-685-7284)



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