STAR-TIDES: Sharing to Accelerate Research-Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support [website] [open html - 30KB]
"STAR-TIDES (Sharing To Accelerate Research-Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) is a research effort that promotes sustainable support to stressed populations -- post-war, post-disaster, or impoverished, in foreign or domestic contexts, for short-term or long-term (multi-year) operations. The project provides reach-back 'knowledge on demand' to decision-makers and those working in the field. It uses public-private partnerships and 'whole-of-government' approaches to encourage unity of action among diverse organizations where there is no unity of command, and facilitates both inter-agency and international engagement. […] STAR-TIDES analyses begin with scenarios chosen by stakeholders. These include: (1) Stabilization & Reconstruction in Afghanistan, (2) Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/ DR) in tropical regions, (3) Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) in the US and (4) Building Partnership Capacity (BPC) in Latin America, Africa and elsewhere. Better collaboration and shared situational awareness among disparate stakeholders in these, and other, environments could improve readiness for, and responses to, disasters, instabilities, insurgencies, and food crises. Exercises, training and education are key to institutionalizing lessons learned. Links are being forged among the Defense Department (DoD), State Department, DHS, other US government agencies, International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Private Volunteer Organizations (PVOs), the business community and academia."