TIDES provides reach-back "knowledge on demand" to decision-makers and those working in the field. The project encourages public-private, whole-of-government, and trans-national approaches to achieve unity of action among diverse organizations where there is no unity of control.
Better collaboration and shared situational awareness among disparate stakeholders in these, and other, environments could improve readliness for, and responses to, diasters, instabilities, insurgencies, and food crises. Excercises, training and education are keys to institutionalizing lessons learned. Links are being forged among the DoD, State Department, DHS, other US government agencies, International Organizations, NGOs, Private Volunteer Organizations (PVOs), the business sector and acedemia.