9-11 Ten Years Later: Integration and Interoperability
This year is the 10th anniversary of 9-11. Have we improved our ability to leverage IT in response to a crisis? Since 9-11 the nation has responded to disasters caused by earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. The names are etched in our memory: New Orleans, Haiti, Japan, Tuscaloosa, and Joplin.
Disaster response and recovery is inevitable.We know natural disasters will happen, and we expect there yet may be another 9-11 terrorist event.
Are we better prepared?
We have seen social media such as Twitter become new tools for response and recovery, but have we made sufficient improvements to integrate response capabilities across federal, state, local and NGO organizations?
Effective response mandates that federal, state, local, tribal and private sector organizations come together rapidly and perform well under intense pressure and scrutiny. Organizations at every level have different authorities, resources, systems and priorities. Yet they must function together seamlessly if they are to provide timely aid for victims of a disaster.
AFEI is presenting this conference to bring together stakeholders from across the broad spectrum of disaster and emergency response organizations to address information sharing and interoperability needs, alignment of organizational priorities and roles in response operations, full-spectrum connectivity and interoperability challenges, significant academic research pointing to advanced solutions, and opportunities for industry to provide more interoperable capabilities.
The agenda is being developed in conjunction with the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at National Defense University (NDU).
Captain James Schwartz, Arlington County Fire Chief
Captain Schwartz was the on-scene commander at the Pentagon during 9-11 and has overseen improvements in mutual aid capabilities and integrated response across the National Captial region.
US Northern Command
NORTHCOM will brief on the Situational Awareness Geospatial Enterprise (SAGE) program. SAGE is a robust GIS architecture designed to distribute and empower all USNORTHCOM Mission Partners with actionable geospatial data anywhere in the world and is based on Google Earth.
Other speakers from:
- Monterey, CA Police Department
- US SOUTHCOM
The full agenda will be posted soon.
Nearby Hotels include:
6710 Commerce Street
Springfield, Virginia 22150 USA
The Courtyard Marriott, directly across the street from the Waterford, is offering a special rate of $179 for conference attendees through Monday, August 29. After this date, reservations will be subject to hotel availability and prevailing rates. Click here for Reservations
6550 Loisdale Road
Springfield, VA 22150
Residence Inn by Marriott
6412 Backlick Road
Springfield, Virginia 22150 USA
On-line registration is now open!
until August 30, 2011
|Onsite Registration after August 30, 2011
| AFEI/NDIA Member
*Only available for active-duty military and civilian employees, not Contractors
Please do not fax or mail any registrations after Friday, September 9, 2011. After this date, bring your registration form with you to the conference for onsite registration. Registrations will not be taken over the phone; payment must be made at the time of registration.
Cancellation requests received before August 23 will receive a full refund. Cancellation requests received between August 24 and September 6 will receive a refund less a $75.00 transaction fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after September 7, 2011. Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations. All substitutions and cancellations must be made in writing to [email protected].
Focus of the Conference
This conference focuses on advanced information technology capabilities that will enable more effective coordination, communication and connectivity amongst responders to disaster and emergency situations. The conference examines three important questions:
- What is the current need, particularly as revealed from the lessons in Haiti and Japan?
- Who can be supply capabilities to fulfill those needs?
- How will Government, industry and the private sector collaborate to provide these?
The key question is how to best utilize the broad set of technological capabilities of both private sector and government to reduce suffering and save lives while increasing effectiveness of disaster response.
Top 5 Information Technologies for disaster response include:
- Telecommunications & Networking
- Information Management and Dissemination
- Geo-spatial Information Systems
- Cyber Security
Purpose of the Conference
The purpose of this conference is to:
- Examine organizational roles, responsibilities and equities in the Four phases of Emergency management: Preparedness, Prevention, Response, and Recovery.
- Discover needs and requirements to provide tools and platforms for increased connectivity and interoperability
- Identify impediments and organizational issues around resourcing, governance, command and control, as well as readiness and training
- Understand how industry can better support the needs of the responder and crisis management community
- Identify research being conducted that is developing the foundations for solving many of these complex problems
- Recognize the function of all levels in defending infrastructural capabilities that are highly reliant on networks (cyber)
- Learn where Government resources are being channeled to increase connectivity and information sharing with a great variety of mission partners
- Interact with experts and leaders on crisis response requirements