Blog Posts for 2015

February 18, 2015 | 0 comments
 
 

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February 18, 2015 | 0 comments

A Virginia Tech’s student and faculty team recreated the storm that killed twenty-four people in Moore, Oklahoma in May 2013 — in the Moss Arts Center facility known as the Cube. The Cube is a highly adaptable space for research and experimentation in immersive environments. It allows complete tracking of where a subject is standing, moving, and looking. An Oculus head-mounted display provides an image of what the subject would see from any vantage point. If there are two people in the cube, they will see each other as avatars and will be able to see different points of view and exchange information. More at
http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20150210-recreating-a-tornado-...

February 18, 2015 | 0 comments

The Sentinel Project recently launched their Human Security UAV program in Kenya’s violence-prone Tana Delta to directly support Una Hakika (“Are You Sure”). Hakika is an information service that serves to “counteract malicious misinformation [disinformation] which has been the trigger for recent outbreaks of violence in the region.” While the Tana Delta is one of Kenya’s least developed areas, both “mobile phone and internet usage is still surprisingly high.” At the same time, misinformation has “played a significant role in causing fear, distrust and hatred between communities” because the Tana Delta is perhaps parado-xically also an “information-starved environment in which most people still rely on word-of-mouth to get news about the world around them.” http://irevolution.net/2015/02/17/uavs-counter-rumors-prevent-violence/

February 18, 2015 | 0 comments

Given global urbanization trends, the Army must be prepared to confront challenges arising in megacities to remain a relevant instrument of national power. Megacities are urban areas with populations exceeding 10 million. They are an emerging feature of the global landscape and figure prominently into future strategic planning of the United States (1) (2) (3) and in partner nations (4). There are over 20 megacities right now, and by 2025 global urbanization trends (5) will push that number to 40 (6). Some are highly integrated, amply resourced and well prepared to deal with challenges. Others are less integrated and struggling to provide infrastructure and services for rapidly growing populations. In some megacities a fragile balance exists between dynamics of friction (unchecked growth, resource scarcity, growing economic separation, hostile actors that use the urban environment as a safe haven, and environmental risks) and dynamics of capacity (resilience, and anti-fragility; the ability to get stronger after a setback) (7) (8). Military operations in these environments have the potential to tip that balance and therefore require deep analysis, appreciation and understanding of the nuances of each place. The challenge will be ensuring that strategic objectives are achieved while disruption is minimized or eliminated. To be sure, this challenge is incredibly broad and will ultimately touch every part of the Department of Defense from highest level policy makers to the...

February 12, 2015 | 0 comments
 
 

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