RELIEF 10-01 Camp Roberts Report (November 2009)

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AUTHOR:
Dr. Linton Wells II, John Crowley

SUMMARY:
The STAR-TIDES experiments at RELIEF 10-01 tackled three challenges to building a common operating picture:
1. Making effective use of aerial imagery.
2. Exploring new methods for field data collection.
3. Developing systems for integrating streams of information.

The STAR-TIDES team included representatives from Sahana; Open Mobile Consortium; InSTEDD; San Diego State University Visualization Lab; Open Solutions Group, Inc; Synergy Strike Force; Unthinkingly.com; and the National Defense University. RELIEF 10-01 experimentation was another success. It led to the relaunch of OpenAerialMap (with 15 developers), the creation of an open-source effort to build Talking Papers (with 6 developers), the successful mosaic of UAV imagery using open source tools, the successful proof-of-concept for an Android-based field assessment tool, and the successful deployment of Sahana to manage the experimentation at Camp Roberts TNT event, with over 200 people in the field. These results can be applied in a number of geographic areas. These trials paid particular attention to:
- Afghanistan, because of its strategic importance
- US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) areas because of their support of experimentation and to evaluate capabilities that might be used in the PEAK (Pre-positioned Expeditionary Assistance Pit) JCTD, if approved, and
- US territory in light of support to RELIEF 10-1 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and potential interest by the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in restoring connectivity and information flow to citizens and local governments after disasters. The remainder of this report details these successes, as well as the lessons learned during the preparation, execution, and analysis of the experiments at RELIEF 10-01.

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