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September 23, 2013 | 0 comments

Columbia, Maryland-based TCOM last week unveiled its newest aerostat platform, the 12M Tactical Aerostat. The system is designed to meet the needs of soldiers and first responders who require a compact, affordable, persistent surveillance solution which can be transported anywhere, rapidly deployed, and easily retrieved.
More at http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20130923-compact-aerostat-offe...

September 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Great article in "Emergency Management" on the way disaster response has changed over the years in the greater San Francisco area. Main points cover the following aspects that have been influenced by better management, interoperability, interagency cooperation and new/emerging technology: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/7-Ways-Response-Loma-Prieta-Earthq...
1. Modern Emergency Operations Center
2. Standardized Emergency Management System
3. Use of Social Media and Mobile Devices
4. Closer Ties with Community Organizations
5. Drill, Baby, Drill
6. Utility Infrastructure Coordination
7. Ongoing Efforts on Seismic Retrofitting and Land-Use Planning

September 20, 2013 | 0 comments

This summer, Congress voted to cut funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency research by half. At the same time, it voted to slash the Department of Energy’s advanced energy projects agency by 80 percent. Yet, just down the road at the Pentagon, another set of leaders are taking a clear stance on the issue—not with rhetoric, but action. A rising chorus of voices from the national security community, from senior military and intelligence officials to front-line combat veterans, are united by what is fast becoming a consensus view: investments in clean energy—including biofuels, wind, and solar power—strengthens our national security and gives our service members an edge on the battlefield.
More at http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2013/09/clean-energy-gets-unlikely-...

September 19, 2013 | 0 comments

As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, could the humanitarian crisis afflicting the country and its neighbors provide an entryway for regional cooperation? This policy paper examines how regional responses to humanitarian crises have succeeded or failed to meet humanitarian objectives in order to inform approaches to contemporary crises. It also assesses whether such regional responses contributed to strengthening regional integration and cooperation, paving the way for increased regional stability and an improved capacity to respond to emergencies:
http://www.ipinst.org/publication/policy-papers/detail/409-cooperation-f...

The report explores two different humanitarian crises: the war in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s and Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008. Examining the ways in which countries in each region and regional organizations addressed humanitarian needs, it draws a number of lessons that could be applied in contemporary crises:

Regional ownership over the response is crucial, but not necessarily spontaneous. External actors can usefully contribute through a balanced mix of pressure and technical support....

September 19, 2013 | 0 comments

On September 16, Dr. Linton Wells and Sam Bendett from TIDES spoke at the Reserve Officers Association in DC about the use of UAVs for humanitarian purposes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMr0mw4b9Tg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUgS...