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Release No: 123-07
November 09, 2007

Pentagon to Host Research Demonstration on Crisis Support and Information Sharing

            National Defense University’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy will host a demonstration Nov. 19-20 at the Pentagon to highlight the ‘Transportable Infrastructures for Development and Emergency Support’ (TIDES) project. 
            “When disaster strikes, masses of people are affected,” said Dr. Linton Wells II, National Defense University distinguished research professor and force transformation chair. “They can lose the essential support systems we take for granted, such as water, power, shelter, communications, and sanitation. In post-war stabilization and reconstruction, and in building the capacity of partner nations, these services may have to be established in the first place.”
            “Through collaborative research and experiments, the TIDES project seeks innovative, low cost ways to rapidly re-establish these essential services and also provide them to those who have not had them before,” he said.
            The TIDES demonstration at the Pentagon will examine seven types of low-cost infrastructures that can be delivered rapidly in times of crisis.  These include:
  • Several varieties of rapidly deliverable shelters
  • Simple water pasteurizations systems
  • Integrated cooking systems, involving high efficiency stoves, solar cookers and heat storage baskets to minimize fuel use
  • Renewable power solutions, such as solar, wind and micro-hyrdo
  • High efficiency lighting, heating and cooling approaches
  • Sanitation systems
  • Information and communications technologies and identity/privilege management approaches suitable for austere environments
            By publicly sharing research findings and lessons learned from these experiments, TIDES participants hope to increase national and international understanding of how to apply solutions to establish or re-establish essential services during crises under real-world conditions. 
            TIDES is a dynamic, voluntary collaboration between a wide range of academic, non-government and government participants. No one organization is ‘in charge’. Representatives come from Department of Defense and other federal agencies, non-government organizations like the Red Cross, and educational institutions such as the Johns Hopkins University. All information and research findings developed under TIDES are placed in the public domain.
            “No particular solution from TIDES is endorsed by the government,” said Wells. “But the knowledge gained through the Defense Department’s participation supports its role in homeland defense as well as the requirement that stability operations be given a priority comparable to combat operations. Defense usually supports the Department of Homeland Security in these missions at home, and the State Department overseas, so “whole government” solutions are needed”
            Media interested in covering the demonstration should call OASD Public Affairs at 703-695-0195 or 703-695-6294.

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